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Howard Courant - February 9, 1928

MRS. MARTHA E. LACEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Martha Ellen (Fisher) Lacey
Martha Ellen Lacey was born in Morgan county, Missouri, January 22, 1845, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kesner, January 26, 1928, aged 83 years and 4 days. She was the daughter of Thomas and Matilda Fisher. She was married to Jasper Newton Lacey on December 31, 1868.

To this union was born six children, three boys and three girls, Charles and Laura dying in infancy, Louella May Duncan dying in 1904.

The living are: James P. Lacey of Riverton, Wyoming; Fred E. Lacey of Blue Jacket, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Charles Kesner of Piedmont, Kansas. She has 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, four brothers and one sister.

She gave her heart to God when a young woman and was a faithful Christian until the death angel called her home.

Funeral services were conducted by Mrs. Belle Reid Yates at the Piedmont Christian church, Friday, January 27 at 2 p.m., and the body laid to rest in Forest cemetery.


The Moline Review - May 8, 1908

MR. WILLIAM H. H. LAMB - Submitted by Dan Durbin

William Henry Harrison Lamb was born in Machias, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., June 4, 1837, where he grew to manhood. In 1857 he went to Iowa, where two years later he was married to Miss Margaret Wickersham at Burr Oak. He then moved to Hesper, Ia. and lived there until he moved to Carthage, Missouri, in 1865 where his wife died two years later. In 1871 he was married to Olive Delancy Sutlieff in Texas. To them were born four children; H. N. and C. E. of Moline, Carrie M Rice, who died two months after her marriage, and Cora L. Burdick of Independence. Beside these he leaves two brothers and one sister, M. B. Lamb of Machias, N. Y. and Silas A. Lamb and Mrs. A. Meader of Denver, Colo.

Mr. Lamb died May 2, at the home of his son H. N. in this city as the result of an accident described in this paper last week. The funeral was held Sunday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. J. R. Hankins in the M. E. church. Many friends join the family in mourning his sad death.


Howard Courant - February 5, 1925

MRS. ELLA LAMBERT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Ella (Dobyns) Lambert passed from this life at her home in Howard, Kansas, at 9 o'clock Monday evening, February 2nd, 1925. She was born May 4th, 1875, at the old homestead eight miles west of Howard, being at the time of her death 50 years, 8 months and 2 days.

She was married to George W. Lambert, February 17th, 1882, who passed away January 3rd, 1896. She is survived by one son, Joseph Martin Lambert, three sisters, Mrs. Fritz Straughn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mrs. Ann Bartlett of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. A. R. Rhodes of Howard, Kansas; also one brother, Frank L. Dobyns, of Howard, Kansas.

She was a member of the Presbyterian church and Past Matron of the Eastern Star Lodge, also Past Noble Grand of the Rebecca Lodge.

The funeral services were held at the home, Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30, conducted by Rev. H. E. Crane. The Presbyterian Choir sang two favorite selections. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery.

The son, sisters and brother, bereft of a loving mother and sister, have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends.


Unknown Newspaper - February 22, 1967

MRS. JOSIE M. LAMPSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Services for Josie Lampson
Mrs. Josie May Lampson, 99, resident of rural Grenola, died Wed. Feb. 22 at Elk Manor Nursing Home, where she had resided for four years. She had been in failing health for some time.

She was born May 3, 1868 at Braymer, Mo. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Christian Church near Grenola.

Survivors are two sons, Sherman and C. H. of Grenola; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Stiles, Wichita and Mrs. Elberta Hopper, San Francisco, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 25th at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Green lawn Cemetery at Grenola.


Prairie Star - August 28, 2013

MS. MARY A. LAMPSON

Mary Anne Lampson, age 61, a resident of Elm Haven West Nursing Center in Parsons, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1952 in Winfield, Kan., the daughter of C. H. “Bud” and Doris M. (Hill) Lampson.

Mary is survived by one brother Delbert Lampson of Grenola, two sisters Jeannine Neubecker of Overland Park, Kan., and Elaine Jackson of Arkansas City, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has taken place and the family will hold a private memorial service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery near Moline at a later date.

Family suggests contributions to the Special Olympics of Kansas and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - June 16, 2004

MR. RICHARD L. LAMPSON

MOLINE - Richard Lee Lampson passed away on Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Via Christi St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was 72 years of age and a long time resident of Moline. Richard was born on June 19, 1931 on a farm southeast of Grenola, Kan. to C.E. “Dick” and Minnie Irene (Fildes) Lampson. He attended Pleasant Valley rural school and grew to manhood in Chautauqua County, Kan.

Richard worked in farming and harvesting until becoming employed by Martin-Marietta at the rock quarry near Moline. After a few years, Richard was transferred to a Martin-Marietta facility in Iowa and on Dec. 22 1957, he married Florence Elzada James at Ottumwa, Iowa. The family moved to Moline in 1961 where Richard operated heavy equipment and remained employed by Martin-Marietta until he retired in 1994. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed fishing hunting and traveling throughou the United States and Canada.

He is survived by his wife Florence; his son, Lee Lampson and his wife, Karen, Severy; his daughters, Lisa Venable and her husband, Mark, Springfield, Mo., Dana McCann and her husband, Robert, Wichita, Kelly Winter and her husband, Larry, Augusta and Tracy Adams and her husband, Mark, Reeds Spring, Mo.; his sister, Mildred Patteson, Moline: 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Leah Mae Spiller.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2004, at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Jerry Green of Severy officiating. Interment was held at the Moline Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Midway Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross, Box 3726, Wichita, KS 67201. Contributions may be left with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - May 29,2000

MR. ROBERT F. LAMPSOM

Robert Franklin lampson,70, Grenola, died Monday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Grenola Christian Church, with the Rev. Wallace Wartick officiating. Interment will be at Greenlawn,Cemetery at Grenola. A memorial has been established with the Grenola Christian Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Mr. Lampson was born on Sept. 7, 1929, near Grenola to Sherman F. and Nettie M. (Walker) Lampson.

He attended Ebenezer and Pleasant Valleys rural schools near Grenola before attending Sedan High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Kansas and made his home at the Chautauqua County area.

He married Marjorie R. Archer on Oct. 15, 1950, at Sedan. He attended the Grenola Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Wayne Lampson, Kansas City, Craig Lampson and Charles Lampson, both of Sedan; two daughters, Sandra Lane, Andover, and Cheryl Wright, Caldwell; a brother William Lampson, Cedar Vale; a sister, Loreen Arbuckle, Anacortes, Wash., 10 grandchildren and, one great-grand-child.


Sedan Times-Star - October 18, 2000

MR. WILLIAM LAMPSON

William Lampson, age 71, of Cedar Vale, Kansas, died October 11, 2000 at the Cedar Vale Nursing Center. He was born September 7, 1929 in Grenola, KS. His parents were Sherman and Jeanette (Walker) Lampson. He was raised in the Grenola area and attended schools there.
He married Wanda Wagner on June 21, 1958. She preceded him in death July 16, 2000. He had lived most of his working life around Cedar Vale.
He had worked as the Mill Manager at the Ark Valley Feeders feed lot in Arkansas City.
He is survived by four sons, Rex and Ty, both of El Dorado, KS, Dwayne, Cedar Vale, KS and David, Arkansas City, KS, two daughters, Pam Walker of Ponca City, OK and Connie Lampson of El Dorado, KS, sister, Lorraine Arbuckle, Anacortes, WA, fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Roger and brother Bob.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2000, at the Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale, Kansas.


Prairie Star - November 14, 2012

MS DIANNA L. LANGLEY

Dianna Lynn Langley, age 47, a resident of Grenola, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

She was born on July 29, 1965 in Portland, Ore., the daughter of Billy Dean Langley and Bernice Earlene Lowder.

Dianna really enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, looking at pictures and putting puzzles together. Dianna is survived by her step-father Harvey Anderson of Grenola, one brother Glen Anderson of Gresham, Ore., two sisters, Cindy Kiel of Grenola and Teresia Anderson of Gresham, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her father Billy Langley, her mother Bernice Anderson and one brother Michael Langley.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. Family suggests contributions be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - October 22, 2008

MR. BILLY E. LANNING, SR. - Submitted by L. Morgan

Billy Eugene Lanning Sr., 77, a resident of Howard, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 at the Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home.

He was born July 14, 1931 in Howard, the son of Eugene and Hazel Laura (VanBuskirk) Lanning.

In 1950 Billy enlisted into the United States Navy. On Aug. 9, 1975 Billy was united in marriage to Paula Beryl Smith in Miami, Oklahoma and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2002. Throughout his working years Billy worked as a farmer and a janitor.

Billy is survived by six sons; Billy Lanning Jr. and his wife Patsy, Rick Lanning and his wife Janice, Robert Lanning and his wife Kim, David Lanning and his wife Cathy, Keith Lanning and his wife Becky and Lonnie Smith and his wife Ruth, one daughter; Brandi Lanning, three brothers, Tom Lanning, Larry Lanning, and Terry Lanning, four sisters, Wanda Clark, Phyllis Friend, Mary Wade, and Kathy Fouts, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great--grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Robin Haines officiating. Interment was at the Cresco cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Billy Lanning Sr. Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com

Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


November 1996

MR. EUGENE LANNING

Eugene Lanning passed away Friday, November 8, 1996, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, KS. He was 86 years of age. Gene, as he was known, was born January 13, 1910 at Rolla, MO. to William Jackson and Mary Elizabeth (Mathis) Lanning. He attended school in Rolla, MO., as well as Moline and Howard, KS.

As a young man, Gene married Hazel Laura VanBuskirk on February 14, 1931 at Howard, KS. Through their sixty-five years of marriage, Gene and Hazel made their home in Howard. To this union were born four sons and four daughters.

Gene was employed throughout his life in several occupations. He worked for the WPA, Gibbon’s Lumber Company of Howard; Denton and Morrow Oil Company and the elk County road Department.

He enjoyed spending time fishing and hunting with family and friends. Gene and Hazel spent many enjoyable hours in the company of their children and grandchildren.

Gene is survived by his devoted wife, Hazel. his sons, Bill Lanning and wife Paula, Tom Lanning and wife Sherill, and Larry Lanning, all of Howard, and Terry Lanning and wife Rita of Coffeyville, his daughters, Wanda Clark and husband Bob of Conway Springs, Phyllis Friends and her husband Melvin of Elk Falls, Mary Wade and her husband Roy of Eureka, and Kathy Fouts and her husband Sam of Augusta. 28 grandchildren, 27 greatgrandchildren, and 13 great-greatgrandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, and 13 step-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gilbert and Oscar; and three sisters, Sarah Bolt, Ona Lanning, and Maxine Griffith.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, KS with Rev. Robin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God officiating. Betty Russell was the organist with Dawn Lanning and Larry Majewski singing ‘Shall We Gather At The River,” “Daddy’s Hands,” and “Grandpa.” The casket bearers were Roger Clark, Tony Clark, Melvin Friend Jr., David Lanning, Eric Lanning, and Lonnie Smith. The honorary casket bearers were Steve Clark, Billy Lanning Jr., Daniel Lanning, Gene Lanning, Keith Lanning, Ricky Lanning, Robert Lanning, and Terry Lanning Jr. Interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. A memorial has been established with the Howard Twilight Manor Activity Fund. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Winfield Courier - October 7, 2005

MRS. HAZEL L. LANNING - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD--Hazel Laura Lanning, 89, died Oct. 5, 2005, at Greenwod County Hospital in Eureka.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Pastor Ken Beckner will officiate. Pastor Lloyd Stewart will read the obituary. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Howard Twilight Manor Activity Fund. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. Lanning was born Oct. 25, 1915, at Howard, to Ida Belle (Baughman) and John Thomas VanBuskirk. She attended school and grew up in the Howard community.

She and Eugene Lanning married Feb. 14, 1931, at Howard. Through their 65 years of marriage, they made their home in Howard.

In addition to being a homemaker, she was employed throughout her life in several occupations. She worked for the school district as a custodian and cleaned for several retired ladies in the Howard community.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Lanning, Tom Lanning and Larry Lanning, all of Howard, and Terry Lanning, Coffeyville; four daughters, Wanda Clark, Conway Springs, Phyllis Friend, Elk Falls, Mary Wade, Eureka, and Kathy Fouts, Augusta; a sister, Eunice Townsley, Howard; 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.


The Winfield Daily Courier - July 6, 2002

MRS. PAULA B. LANNING - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD-- Paula Beryl Lanning, 63, of Howard, died July 3, 2002, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. Pastor Robin Haines will officiate. Burial will be in Cresco cemetery, north of Howard.

A memorial has been established with Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Lanning was born Dec. 6, 1938, in Howard to Pauline (Corbin) and Kenneth Owen Smith. She graduated from Howard High School in 1957.

On Aug. 9, 1975, she married Billy Eugene Lanning Sr. in Miami, Okla., and they made their home in Howard.

A homemaker, Lanning was employed as a waitress during most of her life.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Lanning, and a daughter, Brandy Lanning both of Howard; a son, Lonnie Smith, Wichita, five step-sons, Billy Lanning, Jr., Howard, Richard Lanning, Liberal, Robert Lanning, Hays, David Lanning, Cherryvale and Keith Lanning, Independence, two brothers, Ron Smith, Haysville, and Don Smith, Wichita, two grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - September 25, 2013

MR. ROBERT T. LANNING

Robert Thomas Lanning, age 57, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at his home in Hays, Kan.

He was born March 22, 1956 in Mt. Shasta, Calif., to Bill and Dorothy (Iaconis) Lanning. On Oct. 22, 1977 he married Kim Hall in Wichita, Kan. He was a school photographer for Lifetouch for 15 years in Wichita, Salina and Hays. He also worked at RANS and Advanced Auto in Hays.

He was a member of the North Oak Community Church, Hays, and he was an avid collector of RC Airplanes, model trains, and toys. He was always quick with a joke and loved to make people laugh.

Survivors include his wife of Hays, one son, Joe Lanning of Overland Park, Kan., one daughter Maggie Lanning of Sarasota, Fla., his mother, Dorothy Brewer, of Howard, four brothers, Bill (Patsy) Lanning of Howard, Rick (Janice) Lanning of Liberal, Kan., David (Cathy) Lanning of Cherryvale, Kan., Keith (Becky) Lanning of Independence, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Lanning. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at the Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Inurnment will be in the Cresco Cemetery, north of Howard. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of fl owers the family requests donations to the donors choice or Hays Medical Center Foundation. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial. com or at www.countrysidefh.com.


Howard Courant-Citizen - February 10, 1966

MR. LEE R. LARKIN - Submitted by L. Morgan

Lee R. Larkin, Elk Falls resident, died Monday at 6:15 a.m. at his home in Elk Falls.

Born June 14, 1895 at Princeton, Kansas, he was the son of Ernest G. and Mary Elizabeth Hubble Larkin. He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the First Baptist church, and a farmer most of his life. On April 14, 1920, he was married to Susie Alice Tice.

Survivors are the widow of the home; a son, Ronald of Chase, Kansas; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Murphy, Moline and Mrs. Berle Lieurance, Severy; ten grandchildren; two brothers, Harold of Chanute and Everett of Fredonia; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Craig of Chanute; Mrs. Tom Bronson of Fredonia and Mrs. Robert McCarty of Wichita.

Services were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline, with Anthony Simowitz officiating. Interment was in the Elk Falls cemetery.


The Moline Advance - March 22, 1928

MRS. LUCY M. (LAWLESS) LARKIN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF MRS. HENRY LARKIN

It is with deep regret that the death of Mrs. Henry Larkin is here recorded. She had been at St. Mary's hospital at Winfield where she had undergone operations which were hoped would relieve her, but after several weeks she was attacked by peritonitis and passed away Tuesday afternoon. Her body was brought to Moline Tuesday night and funeral services were held this morning for her at St. Mary's church, conducted by Rev. J. Cody. A large number of people of the town and country were present to pay their last respects to one who in life was a useful and well beloved member the community.

The deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and seven children who are left to mourn the loss of a wife and mother who had done so much for them and was devoted to their welfare in every way.


THE MOLINE ADVANCE - March 29, 1928 It is with feelings of the most profound regret we announce the death of Mrs. Henry Larkin. The sad event which took place on March 20th at St. Mary's Hospital, Winfield, Kansas, has cast a deep gloom not only over the family but also over the community, where she was held in high esteem, veneration and love. Her quiet, unassuming disposition, her simple straight forwardness, her kind-heartedness, her sympathy in suffering, these are some of the things which will enshrine her memory in the hearts of her friends. But there is something more-she was above all a kind and affectionate mother and treasured her children as the jewels of the home. Full well did she realize for their sweet sakes that the plan of human life was the sacrifice of the present for the sake of the future.

In the long days of struggle with which she met the end she gave evidence of the real fortitude of her nature. Not a word of complaint was uttered against the fate that had stricken her young womanhood. Her sole thought was for her kindly husband and devoted children. Before them for the weeks that daily brought the end a little nearer, she made a brave show of cheerfulness, carrying on that heroic masquerade by which the dying sometimes seek to comfort the living.

Lucy Lawless was born September 1st, 1882, at Janesville, Wisconsin. She came to Elk Falls October 5th, moving to a farm eight miles west of Elk Falls, where she resided till her last illness. She married Henry Larkin September 4th 1902, and to that union were born seven children, Lawrence, Gladys, Annabelle, John, Charles, George and Margaret.

Funeral services were held from St. Mary's Church on Thursday morning and for years no larger funeral was witnessed in Moline. This was a silent tribute to the place the departed held in the hearts of all.

In the deep sympathy of the community for the Henry Larkin family there is intermingled a depth which comes from the genuine affection in which his faithful wife was held by friends and acquaintances in every walk of life. May she rest in peace.


September 2007

MR. CARL W. LAUFFER

HOWARD - Carl William Lauffer, 88, of Howard, died Sept. 14, 2007, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Howard. Pastor Gene DeWitt will officiate. Burial will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be sent to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

Mr. Lauffer was born on Sept. 25, 1918, in Piedmont, to Frederick and Gertrude (Powers) Lauffer. He attended school at the Elk Valley rural schools.

On May 4, 1940, he married Elda Marie May at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Independence.

During his working years, Mr. Lauffer worked in public service. He worked for Cob's Grocery Store in the meat department; he worked as a mechanic and was also a deputy of the Elk County Sheriff Department.

During the mid 1940s, he joined the First Baptist Church in Howard and went on to become an ordained deacon. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge since 1942. For three years, he had high game in the Sedan Bowling League with a high score of 269.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daryle.

He is survived by his wife, Elda Lauffer, Howard; four sons, Alan Lauffer and Willis Lauffer, both of Wichita, Terry Lauffer, Tucson, Ariz., and Dwight Lauffer, Wildomar, Calif.; two brothers, Eugene Lauffer, Winfield, and Glenn Lauffer, Wichita; a sister, Viola Chamberlain, Howard; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - January 30, 2013

MRS. ELDA M. LAUFFER

Elda Marie Lauffer, age 97, a longtime resident of Howard, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Howard Twilight Manor where she had resided for the last 12 years.

She was born on Dec. 3, 1915, in Piedmont, the daughter of Harry and Gertrude (Ferry) May. She was a graduate of Piedmont High School and received a teaching certificate from Emporia.

Elda taught in a couple of rural schools in Elk County before marrying Carl Lauffer on May 4, 1940, in Independence. She cleaned houses, ironed and babysat for many people. She also worked as receptionist for a doctor and also worked at Toot’s Drive In. For 18 years Elda worked at the Howard Twilight Manor. Elda is survived by four sons: Willis Lauffer and Alan Lauffer both of Wichita, Terry Lauffer of Tucson, Ariz., Dwight Lauffer of Wildomar, Calif., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, one brother Dale May and two sisters Lela May and Hazel Dickerson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Interment was at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Howard Twilight Manor and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolence may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - August 1, 2012

MRS. MARY LODEAN LAUFFER

Mary Lodean Lauffer, age 89, a resident of Winfield, and formerly of Moline, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1922 in Cloverdale, Kan., the daughter of Oscar and Sarah Elizabeth (Dorsey) Miller.

On June 18, 1942 Lodean was united in marriage to Francis Eugene “Gene” Lauffer in El Dorado. Besides being a homemaker, Lodean worked at Brogans Café, Horns Grocery Store, Curly Q, Sale Barn Café and also sold Avon. She was a member of the Moline United Methodist Church, Women’s Auxiliary in Grenola, EHU and the Friendly Neighbors Club in Elk County. Lodean enjoyed bowling, gardening and tending to her flowers especially her irises.

Lodean is survived by two sons, Fred Lauffer and his wife Arleen of Winfield and Marvin Lauffer of West Virginia; three daughters, Sheryl Dunbar and her husband David of Girard, Pam Feaster and her husband Jim of Winfield, and Deanna Burns of Winfield; two sisters, Rosie Gray of Howard and Ellen
of Leesburg, Fla.; two brothers, Dwayne Miller of Sterling and Charlie Miller of Winfield; seventeen grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene Lauffer, one brother Johnnie Miller, one sister Lola King and one granddaughter Sylvia.

Funeral services was held Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Interment was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. Family suggests contributions be made to the Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home and may be left with the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - January 6, 2010

MR. FRANCIS E. LAUFFER

Francis Eugene "Gene" Lauffer, a resident of Winfield, and formerly of Moline, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at the Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home. Gene was born on Oct. 11,1920 in Piedmont, the son of Frederick Francis and Gertrude (Powers) Lauffer.

On June 18, 1942 Gene was united in marriage to Mary Lodean Miller in El Dorado. During World War II, Gene served in the United States Army earning the rank of Corporal.

After returning home Gene farmed and ranched in southern Elk County. For 14 years he also worked for the Elk County Road Department. He was a member of the American Legion Carter Rader Post #149 in Howard. Gene enjoyed fishing and hunting especially rabbits.

Gene is survived by his wife Mary Lodean Lauffer of Winfield; two sons, Fred Lauffer and his wife Arleen of Winfield, and Marvin Lauffer of Ponca City, Okla.; three daughters, Sheryl Dunbar and her husband David of Girard, Kan., Pam Feaster and her husband Jim of Winfield, and Deanna Burns of Winfield; one sister Viola Chamberlain of Howard; one brother Glenn Lauffer of Wichita; sixteen grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Carl and Daryle and one granddaughter Sylvia.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Pastor Rick Hathaway officiating. Interment followed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola.

Family suggests contributions to the Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - February 10, 1968

INFANT SILVIA M. LAUFFER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Services Held For Lauffer Infant
Services for Silvia Marlien Lauffer, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick E. Lauffer, who died Feb. 10, at Reynolds Hospital in Lawton, Okla., were held at two p.m. Fri., Feb. 16 at Grenola Methodist Church. The Rev. Francis Lynn officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola.

She was born Feb. 4, 1968, at Lawton, Okla.

Survivors include the parents of the home; one sister, Beatrix, of the home. Watt Funeral Home of Moline had charge.


Unknown Newspaper - June 19, 2000

MRS. EVELYN D. LAURIE

Evelyn Delores Laurie, 56, of Grenola, died Monday at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Grenola Christian Church, with the Rev. Wallace Wartick officiating. Interment will be at the Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola.

Memorials have been established with the Grenola Christian Church and the American Diabetes Association, and contributions can be left at the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Mrs. Laurie was born Nov. 13, 1943, at Woodston, to Joseph P. and Lucille (Ensley) Boulanger. She attended school in Elk Falls before graduating from Howard High School in 1962. She was employed in the Moline area after graduation.

On Aug. 7, 1966, she married Holland M. Laurie at Grenola, and he died in 1998. She worked in the in-home care program of the Kansas Social and Rehabilitation-Service for many years. She served as the Grenola delegate for the Elk County Council on Aging and was a board member of the Grenola Senior Center. She was a member of the Osage Nation and of the Grenola Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Donnie Laurie, Mulvane, and Martin Laurie, Ada, Okla.; two daughters, Karen Clubb, Grenola, and Betty Krause, Parsons; three brothers, Wayne Boulanger, Independence, Phillip Boulanger, Brunswick, Ga., and Edward Boulanger, Eureka; a sister, Patricia Corle, Moline; and two grandchildren.


October 1965

MRS. SARAH D. LAURIE

Sarah D. Laurie, 87, former resident of the Elk Falls community, died Wednesday, October 20, at a hosptal in Harper, after an illness of several weeks.

Born at Hardy, Arkansas she lived in Elk Falls for 12 years before going to Harper a year ago.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Brownell-Wiley chapel at Harper. Burial was at Norwich.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Walter Wacker, Argonia and Mrs. Carroll Pickell, Elk Falls; a son, Loran Laurie, Derby; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Wycie Sparkman, Ash Flat Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Robertson, Ash Flat, Arkansas, and Mrs. Lina Thomas, Jonesboro, Arkansas.


Unknown Newspaper - December 28, 1970

MRS. LOUISE M. LAWLESS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Louise Lawless Services Held
Services for Mrs. Louise Lawless, 46, were held Thursday in St. Mary's Church, Moline. She died Monday in Mountain Home Ark., where she had lived for the past 12 years.

Louise May Lawless was born in Elk Falls.

Survivors include her widower, Joe; three sons, Donald Ray, Richey Lee and William Ernest, and five daughters, Mrs. Patricia Bates, Mrs. Miki Jo Kendricks, Mrs. Eva Jane Roberts and Misses Mary Louise and Anita Sue, all of Mountain Home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Graham, McPherson, Ks., and two sisters, Mrs. Fern Dunbar, Newton, Ks., and Mrs. Lorene Walker, Stockton, Kansas.


Prairie Star - September 8, 2010

MR. G. RON LAWLESS

G. Ron Lawless, age 56, of Augusta, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 in Coffeyville, Kan.

Ron was born Oct. 18, 1953 in Paola, Kan., the son of Andrew George and Elnora Faye (Downing) Huntington Lawless.

Ron attended Elk City Schools and completed his senior year at Independence High School. On Aug. 7, 1981 he married Trish Malone in Miami, Okla., and they later divorced.

Ron was a truck driver; he worked for Montgomery County for several years then worked for Drisco Trucking. Ron was an avid ball card collector. He enjoyed sports, fishing and hunting, with his hero being Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Ron is survived by his son, Toby Lawless and wife Anna of Independence, Kan.; daughter, Megan Lawless of Wichita; companion, Trish Lawless of Coffeyville; one grandson, Toby Lawless Jr.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Moline, with Pastor Robin Haines officiating.

Memorials have been suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. Services have been entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, P.O. Box 1233, Howard, KS 67349.


The Winfield Daily Courier - April 20, 2005

MR. GEORGE A. LAWLESS - Submitted by L. Morgan

ELK CITY - George Andrew Lawless, 80, longtime resident of Elk City, died April 19, 2005, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Moline. The Rev. Sixtus YeMyint will officiate.

A memorial has been established with Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Lawless was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Moline, to Ethel and Andrew Lawless. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Moline and Elk Falls area. He entered the United States Air Force during World War II and served his country in the Pacific theater. After the war, he lived in Oregon and was employed in the petroleum industry until the early 1950s.

He married Faye Eleanor Downs at Eureka Springs, Ark. They made their home at several locations in Kansas while Lawless was employed in highway construction. They made their home in Elk City in 1959.

Lawless was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline. He was preceded in death by his wife and two stepdaughters, Donna Ray Kill and Nadine Denton.

He is survived by a son, Ron Lawless, Moline; two stepsons, Ed Huntington, Bentley, and Bob Huntington, Tulsa; a stepdaughter, Betty Jordan, El Dorado; a brother, Bob Lawless, Conway Springs, Ark.; a sister, Martha Spitler, Las Vegas; two grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren.


March 1995

MR. IRWIN D. LAWMAN

Irwin Dale Lawman, 84, of Topeka died Saturday, March 4, 1995, at a Topeka hospital.

He was born March 25, 1910, at Elk County the son of Alva Walter and Bertha Belle (Crane) Lawman.

Lawman was a contract electrician for IBEW Local No. 226 and a member of the IBEW Local No. 226 union, the Hope Masonic Lodge No. 155 in Howard. He did volunteer work at the Topeka V.A. Medical Center and the Kansas Museum of History.

May 15, 1949, he was united in marriage to Ida Berneice Hunter at Howard. She survives. Other survivors include, a daughter, Nicki Bradbury of Topeka; a son, Duane Hill of Gold Hill, Ore; a sister, Wilda Javine of Barnsdall, Okla., and four grandchildren.

Private service was held. A memorial has been established in his name to the Stormont-Vail Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Nursing Education Fund or to the Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka. Contributions may be sent to PenwellGabel Funeral Home, 1321 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, Ks. 66604.


November 1980

MR. JACK A. LAYMEN

Jack A. Laymen, son of Hugh and Effie Crawford Laymen, was born Feb.16,1907 in Sulphur Springs, Ark. He passed away Nov. 26, I990, at his home in Piedmont, Kansas. He was a retired rancher and farmer.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 1, 1980, at the Forsberg Funeral Home in Severy, Kansas. Burial was in South Lawn Cemetery, Rev. Paul Lynn was the officiating clergyman.

He is survived by his daughter, Myra Archer of Augusta, Kansas; grandchildren, David Archer of Douglass, Lee Archer of New York and Mindy Archer of Oxford; one brother, Otto of Anahvac, Texas; five sisters, Annie Harris, Daisy Norrid, and Gladys Robbins of Fayetteville, Ark.. Ida Smith of Bentonville, Ark,. and Mary Hale of Jackson, Miss.


Elk County Citizen - May 16, 1906

MR. C. B. LECKLITER - Submitted by L. Morgan

C.B. Leckliter was born in the year 1836 in Belmont county, Ohio. Was married to Eliza Ann Miller, February 24th, 1859. To this union seven children were born, of whom two are dead. The living are: Wm. H., C. C., and Grover, who reside in this city; John S. whose home is in Salt Lake City, Utah and Mrs. Henry Rush of Sedan, Kansas.

Mr. Leckliter came to Kansas in 1870 and engaged in farming until 1885 when he moved to Howard, where he has since resided.

The deceased had no church or fraternal alliances, and mingled very little in society, his favorite haunt being his own home and fireside. The shadow is here. The sympathy of the entire community is with these sorrowing ones.

The services were conducted at the house at 4 p.m. Monday and interrment in Grace Lawn cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - April 1971

MRS. ELSIE LECKLITER - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Elsie Leckliter Services Held
Mrs. Elsie Leckliter, 74, died Saturday at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Elk Falls Cemetery.

Mrs. Elsie Leckliter was born Feb. 22, 1897, in Elk County, the daughter of Thomas J. and Effie may (Fleek) Wicker.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Jack Leckliter of Augusta and Karen Boldry of Denver, Colo.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elk Falls.


Sedan Times-Star - January 16, 2002

ROY A. LEDBETTER

Roy Alton Ledbetter, age 80, of Sedan, Kansas passed away early Friday afternoon, January 11, 2002, at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Roy was born on July 5, 1921 in Grenola, Kansas to James Doyle and Martha Elizabeth (Hull) Ledbetter. He was raised in the surrounding Chautauqua area. He worked for Chautauqua County Maintenance Department for more than twenty years, retiring in the mid 80’s. He married Betty B. Pinard on July 3, 1946 in Sedan. After they married, they lived on a farm north of Peru, KS. They later moved to Chautauqua, where they resided close to thirty years, moving to Sedan in 1991.

He was a member of the Jehovah Witness. He also enjoyed horses, gardening and cabinet making.

Roy is survived by one daughter, Cleta Nadine Hovis, Jennings, OK, one grandson, Todd Hovis, Jennings, OK, two brothers, Lloyd Ledbetter, Chelsea, OK, Merle Ledbetter, Gardner, KS, three sisters, Dorothy Lumley, Dearing KS, Ina Lumley, Bartlesville, OK, Anna Mae Burchett, Drumright, OK and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty B. Ledbetter, April 23, 2001, parents and three brothers.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2002 at the Kingdom Hall in Elk Falls, KS with Richard Weaver officiating. Private burial will follow later in Peru, KS.

Arrangements are under the direction of Graves Funeral Home of Caney, KS.


Sedan Times-Star - June 6, 2001

MR. DALE W. LEE

Dale William Lee passed away Saturday June 2, 2001 at the Howard Twilight Manor Nursing Home in Howard, Kansas. He was 89 years of age and a long time resident of the Howard area. Dale was born on April 12, 1912 on a farm west of Severy, Kansas to Chris and Louise Ellen (Wright) Lee. He attended South Maple rural school and graduated from Severy High School in 1925.

On September 20, 1938, he married Hazel Marie Brown at Eureka, Kansas. They made their home on a farm north of Eureka until moving to a farm north of Howard in 1960. Dale was a cattleman and enjoyed raising Quarter horses. Hazel preceded him in death in 1978.

He married Frances DeEtta (Burres) Beaumont on March 27, 1988 at Eureka, Kansas. they made their home on the farm in Elk County until moving into Howard in 1996. In December of 1999, they moved to Emporia, Kansas to be near medical care and had recently returned to live in Howard.

Dale attended the Congregational Church in Severy as a young man. He was a past president of the Kansas Quarter horse Association.

He is survived by his wife, DeEtta; his son, K.W. "Woody" of Howard; his daughter, Thana Rolph of Austin, Texas; his step-sons, Jim Smith of Eureka and Lewis Beaumont of Ottawa, Kansas; his step-daughters, Carolyn Ratzlaff of Sonora, California and Teresia Wussow of Haysville; his brother Carl Lee and his sister, Thelma Smith, both of Tucson, Arizona; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2001 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Rev. Terry Buchanan of the Severy Church of the Nazarene in Severy, Kansas officiating. Ernestine Buchanan was the organist with Louise Morgan singing "In The Garden" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee". The casket bearers were Daryl Brown, Glen Brown, Kendall Johnson, Charles Light, Dean Ward and Mike Wussow. Interment was held at Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas. Memorials have been established with the Renal Care Group of Emporia and the Howard Twilight Manor. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - June 10, 2009

MRS. F. DeETTA B. LEE

F. DeEtta (Burres) Beaumont Lee, age 84, of Howard, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Twilight Manor in Howard.

DeEtta was born on Aug. 5, 1924 in Belknap, Kan., the daughter of Ed and Blanche (Crismas) Burres.

On April 10, 1955 DeEtta married Clifford Beaumont. They were married for 28 years until his death in 1978. DeEtta then married Dale Lee in March of 1988, and were married for 13 years until his death in 200l.

She was a loving housewife and was a member of the Union Center Homemakers. DeEtta was also a waitress, as well as the custodian at the Elk County Courthouse for 9 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Howard.

She was involved in all her kids activities, including 4-H. She also loved kids, and kids loved to be around her. DeEtta was known for taking care of people and animals, including her two dogs that she had rescued from the pound.

DeEtta is survived by: two sons, Jim C. Smith and wife Barbara, Eureka, Kan., and Lewis Beaumont and wife Carolyn, Gardner, Kan.; two daughters, Carolyn Ratzlaff and husband Wallace, Senora, Calif. and Teresia Wussow and husband Mike, Haysville, Kan.; eight grandchildren. eight great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way.

DeEtta was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clifford, husband Dale, one Brother James Burres, and sisters Mable Hoover, and Lois Dunbar.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 8, 2009 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Pastor Robin Haines Officiating. Burial followed at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. Family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church of Howard and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Courant - February 2, 1911

MISS ANNA SCOTT LEES - Submitted by L. Morgan

Miss Anna Scott Lees
Anna Lees was born June 26, 1871 in Huron county, Canada. She came to Kansas with her parents at the age of twelve years, in 1883, since which time Howard has been the home of the family. She begun preparation for her profession at very early age and was ready to begin her life work as soon as the age limit would permit. She attended the summer terms at the Emporia State Normal for several years after she began teaching.

Miss Lees entered the Howard school as grade teacher in 1890 and held that position until the autumn of '98. During these years she carried extra studies in addition to her labors in the school room in preparation for entering the Kansas University which she did in September '97. After two years of University life she returned to Howard in the fall of 1900. In the fall of that year she began work as a high school teacher at Junction City, Kansas, where she remained two years. She left Junction City to accept a larger field at advanced salary at Newton, Kansas, where she was engaged in high school work during the school years of 1902-03-04. It was in May of that year that Miss Lees was dangerously injured in the automobile accident which cost Judge Simpson his life, and which occurred at Newton. In consequence of this injury Miss Lees was unable to resume her work until the fall of 1907 at which time she entered the Howard High School as principal where she remained until her death, which occurred January 26, 1911, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Geo. E. Reid.

Miss Lees died of pneumonia, and was ill about ten days. She leaves, besides an aged father, five brothers and five sisters. There are three sisters and one brother living at Howard and the rest of the family still live in Canada. This family mourned the loss of their mother only three months ago.

The funeral was held at the Reid home Friday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. E. Deggendorf. The teachers of the Howard schools and the students of the High School attended in a body and marched to Grace Lawn Cemetery, where interment took place. M.C.T.


Prairie Star - November 19, 2008

MR. HARRY P. LEES

MARION, IOWA - Harry P. Lees, Jr., started singing his way through life Feb. 13, 1923 in Waleetka, Okla., son of Harry P. Lees, Sr. and Nellie Adamson. At a young age Harry helped worked in the family store and started singing in the church choir. Harry's trademark in life became his enthusiastic greeting of a hug and a song. He loved to combine humor and music singing
"Said My Pajamas."
I climbed up the door, and opened the stairs;
I said my pajamas and put on my pray'rs,
I turned off the bed and crawled into the light
And all because you kissed me (kiss) goodnight.

Harry was the husband of Esther for thirty-five years; father of Mary Kay (Tom) Hennessey of Fayetteville, NC; Marty (Cindy) Lees of Aurora, Colo.; Deborah (Jim) Lane of Howard; Judith (Dennis) Johnson of Owatonna, Minn.; Susan (Robin) Lees of Fayetteville, NC; Rebecca Lees of Denver, Colo.; David (Robin) Lees of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Melinda (Chuck) Cree-Anthony of Des Moines, Iowa; Leisa Rosche of Coralville, Iowa; Cynthia (David) Rosche of Ft. Worth, Texas; Yvonne Shackelford of Marion, Iowa; Yvette (Roland) Vargovich of Buford, Ga.; grandfather of 18 and great-grandfather of four. Harry is also survived by his younger sister Elizabeth Pinter of England.

Harry had degrees in history, music education and divinity. He served in the Army Signal Corps with his trumpet in the band; as a public school teacher he taught all twelve grades of vocal and instrumental music as well as high school world history and, French. After this he served as a Methodist minister for 12 years. Harry's life of service also included: Dunkin Donuts baker, Domino's Noid, meat packer, mobile home trucker, milk delivery which required three people to replace him. He worked at Fareway until the age of 83 where he was known for dishing out compliments and serenades. All through his life Harry sang in the choir most recently for 35 years at the First United Methodist Church of Marion, Iowa and led singing at Milestones.

Harry you have taught us all to sing, to serve, and to laugh by living a life of love and great faith. You will be missed!

A special thanks to Yvonne for all her care during Harry's last several months. A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at First United Methodist Church of Marion, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Harry's name to Milestones of Marion or First United Methodist Church, Marion, Iowa. Please sign the online guestbook for Harry's family at www.murdochfuneralhome. com under obituaries.


Unknown Newspaper - May 30, 1966

MRS. SUSIE LEFFINGWELL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death Takes Susie Leffingwell
Mrs. Susie Leffingwell, 83, a lifetime resident of Moline, died May 30 in the Cedar Vale hospital, where she was a patient for one and one-half weeks.

Funeral services were conducted last Wednesday in the Watt Funeral Home with the Rev. Miles Stotts officiating. Burial was in the Moline Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 14, 1883, in Moline to John W. and Sarah (Fortner) Dawson.

She was a retired nurse, having worked a number of years at the State Training School in Winfield.

She was married to Claire Leffingwell, who preceded her in death several years ago. Mrs. Leffingwell was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Dobbins, of Moline; six grandchildren; and a sister Mrs. J. M. John of Moline.


Prairie Star - February 13, 2013

MRS. MARY E. LEMON

Mary Ellen Lemon, age 91, a resident of Mineral Wells, Texas, for the last 22 years passed away on Feb. 4, 2013, at Weatherford Regional Hospital in Weatherford, Texas.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1922 in Fredonia, Kan., the daughter of Edward F. and Mildred (White) Porter.

Mary Ellen was united in marriage to Harvey Ellsworth (Pat) Lemon on Feb. 9, 1938 in Howard. The union of this marriage was four children.

Mary Ellen moved to the Elk Falls and Moline area as a very young girl and resided there until she moved to Texas. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. Mary Ellen worked at Elk Manor Nursing Home for 15 years.

Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Patricia Berry of Independence, Kan., David Lemon of Mineral Wells, Texas, Janet Patee and husband Bill of Mineral Wells, Texas, Joyce Pyle and husband J.C. of Mineral Wells, Texas; sisters, Wilma Coots of Caney, Kan., Nina Green and husband Louis of Springfield, Mo., Doris Richmond of Earp, Calif.; brother, Dale Porter of Ozark, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 11 greatgreat-grandchildren.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pat of 45 years, one grandson Terry Lemon, one great-grandson Michael Wilson, five brothers Cecil, Walter, and Claude Baughn, Joe and Jim Porter, and one sister Nettie Belle Alexander.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Elk Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Dean Allison officiating.

Burial followed at the Elk Falls Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. Memorials have been suggested to the Elk Falls United Methodist Church and may be left with or sent to the funeral home. Services have been entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - May 8, 1972

INFANT TERRY E. LEMON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Terry Ellsworth Lemon, infant son of David and Ruby Lemon of Moline died Monday, May 8 at Mercy Hospital in Independence.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Elk Falls Cemetery under the direction of the Watt Funeral Home.

Survivors include his parents, two half-brothers, Roger Allen Williams and Ricky Dean Williams, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Lemon, Moline, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greer, Thayer.


The Winfield Daily Courier - December 9, 2006

MR. WILLIAM H. LEMON - Submitted by L. Morgan

MOLINE - William Hal Lemon, 95, longtime resident of the Moline and Elk Falls area, died Dec. 7, 2006, at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Elk Fails Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Sloan will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.

Friends may call at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday. A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Lemon was born on Nov. 3, 1911, in Cherokee, to W. Montgomery and Mary Marvin (Vanover) Lemon. He moved with his family to the Elk Falls community at an early age and graduated from Elk Falls High School in 1930. On April 1, 1942, he entered the United States Army and served in the European Theatre during World War II.

On May 4, 1947, he married Alvina Julie "Trudy" Bentley at Elk Falls after meeting in her homeland of Germany during the war. They traveled and worked in 36 states, Mexico and Canada before returning to make their home in Moline in the early 1970s.

Lemon was employed in many occupations, but remained a cowboy and mule skinner throughout most of his life. His wife, Trudy, died on Oct. 7, 1989.

In July 2003, he married Margery June (Blakely) Cunningham at Cedar Vale, and they made their home in Elk Falls. Lemon has been a resident of the Elk Manor Nursing Home during the past few years.

He is survived by his wife, Margery Cunningham-Lemon, Elk Falls; his stepsons, Patrick Cunningham and Christopher Cunningham, both of Elk Falls, Michael Cunningham, Tulsa, and Kevin Cunningham, West Covina, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Therese Wilkinson, Sidney, Neb.; a half-sister, Bertha Morgan, Bartlesville, Okla., and several nieces and nephews.


Elk County Citizen - September 30, 1903

MRS. KATHERINE D. LEO - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY
Katherine Drier was born in Germany, June 15, 1844; died at her home in Union Center township, September 27, 1903, aged 25* years, 3 months, and 12 days.

When quite young, in company with an uncle, she came to America and settled at St. Louis, Mo. There she was united in marriage to Chas. Leo and from this union twelve children were born, three having died in infancy, four boys and five girls survive to mourn the loss, the husband having died January 11, 1898.

About 25 years ago, deceased removed from St. Louis to Girard, Kansas, where she lived until 19 years ago when she came to Elk county, where she has since resided.

Mrs. Leo had been brought up a devout Catholic, but during a revival meeting held at Happy Ridge school house some years ago she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. At the removal of that class, she lost her membership and on profession of faith was received into the Methodist church at Clear Creek, June 17, 1903.

Mrs. Leo was a good neighbor, a kind mother and her death proved a shock to this community. Funeral services were held at the Clear Creek church.

Note: * This is a printed error.


The Wichita Eagle - July 8, 2002

MRS. ROSE N. LEO - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

Leo, Rose Nell (Nix), 108, journalist, teacher and farmer, died Thursday, July 4, 2002. Service 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Howard United Methodist Church; graveside service 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Piedmont (Kan.) Cemetery.

Rose was born in Cleveland County, near Norman, Kola. to John Thomas "Tom" Nix and Mary Elizabeth "Liz" (Pace) Nix on April 30, 1894. After both of her parents died, she came to Kansas with her younger brother, Tom, in 1902. They lived with their aunt, Sarah Nix Woodall in Elk County.

On June 30, 1920, she married John Leo. They had three children, Chios Nix Leo, who died in 1953, Anita Jewel Powers and Frank James Leo. Her husband, John, died in 1967. She remained on the farm until 1969, when she moved to her home in Howard. She lived there alone until entering the hospital on March 12, 1999. Rose entered Howard Twilight Manor on March 23, 1999. In 1972, after she moved to Howard, she earned her G.E.D. at the age of 78. She was a Red Cross volunteer at Howard Twilight Manor for 15 years. Rose often said that she had three careers: school teaching, farming and writing. She was happiest when she had a pen or a hoe in hand. She taught six terms in country schools and taught Sunday School for many years. She loved little children. Almost all of her life she lived on various farms in and near Elk county. She loved nature and working the soil and continued to have a large garden until she entered Howard Twilight Manor. She had an unusual hobby of soil collecting. She had small bottles of soil from every state in the United States and many foreign countries.

One of her greatest joys was writing. She began writing news articles for the Elk county paper when she was 17. Over the years she wrote a number of columns "From The Farm," "Howard Happenings" and others. In 1977, she began writing the column "Rose's Last Scrap," which she continued to write weekly until she entered the hospital. She also wrote a monthly column "Country Living" for Tallgrass Country magazine and wrote monthly for the United Methodist Church Circuit Rider. She also sent many cards of cheer and encouragement because she loved to write and receive letters. In 1990, Rose wrote a book, "Rose's Last Scrap" which was published with the help of her son, Frank and his wife, Barbara. Through the years she was interviewed many times by reporters from newspapers, magazines, radio and T.V. In the spring of 1998, an Associated Press article was published nation wide. She received many letters from 28 states and four Canadian Provinces.

Rose received many awards and citations for her writing and volunteer service. She was most proud of the William Allen White Award, which she received Dec. 4, 1998. For 41 years she wrote a Christmas letter. In 1998, 610 relatives and friends received her greetings.

In 1916, she joined the Methodist Church at age 22. She continued to attend church, although she could not hear a word that was spoken from the pulpit. She enjoyed the music and being with her Christian friends and was active in the United Methodist Women and Circle.

In 1918, she became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and remained active in that organization. She was also a member of the Jolly Janes Club and enjoyed going to the Howard Senior Center to play cards. One reason she was able to live alone in her home for so long was all the help she received from many friends.

Preceded in death by husband, John; oldest son, Chios; great-grandsons, William Leo, Brian White; her parents; all of her brothers and sisters.

Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Barbara of Wichita; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Lester Powers of Wichita; grandchildren, Karen Crump of San Antonio, Texas, Frank James Leo Jr. of Atwater, Calif., Helen Tate, Louise White, Larry Ray Leo, Michael Alan Leo all of Wichita, Leroy Kim Leo of Oklahoma City; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Elizabeth Alderson Callaway of Fort Worth, Texas, Shirley Nix of Kansas City, Mo.; other relatives and many friends. Memorials established with Howard United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary of Carter-Rader Post, No. 149 and Howard Senior Center. Zimmerman Funeral Home.


Prairie Star - August 1, 2012

MRS. AVA L. LEONARD - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ava Lee Montgomery Leonard went home to be with her Lord July 5, 2012.

Ava was born in Beaver, Okla., on August 15, 1928 and was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Leonard, and her granddaughter, Ashley Brewer Spencer. Ava leaves six children: Dianne Brewer (Joe), Dalene Copeland (Greg), Sari Robinson (Gaylon), Jenifer Lassetter (John), Bill Montgomery Jr., and Rhonda Montgomery; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She is survived by one brother and two sisters.

A Memorial Service was held at the First Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss., on July 10, 2012. Consistent with her spirit of service to others, Ava donated her body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Donations may be made to the Gateway Rescue Mission, 410 S. Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS 39203.


Prairie Star - October 3, 2012

MRS. TRACIE L. LEONARD

Tracie Lynn Leonard, age 26, a resident of Howard, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. She was born in Wichita on Feb. 7, 1986 the daughter of Douglas Leonard and Angela Calvin.

Tracie worked in housekeeping for the Howard Twilight Manor. She was a caring person that always helped others in need. Tracie’s personality made it very easy for her to make friends everywhere she went.

Tracie is survived by her children, Koleton Branch and Kaiden Leonard both of Howard, her mother Angela Bearden and her step-father Butch of Howard, her father Douglas Leonard and her step-mother Marie of Las Vegas, Nev., sister Heather Leonard of Wichita, brother Robert Leonard of Howard, step-sisters, Darcie Ellis of Walters, Okla., and Gianna Ouellette of Wichita, step-brothers, Donald Bearden of Howard, and James Bearden of Wichita, her grandparents, Saundra and Larry Martin of Wichita, Raymond and Barbara Calvin of Ocala, Fla., and Joe and Nancy Bearden of Howard, her children’s dad Josh Johnson, two nephews David and Luke and many aunts, uncles and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Dale Rhudy, June Rhudy (Nana) and her uncle Dennis Rhudy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Pastor Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Koleton and Kaiden Educational Fund and may be left with the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Howard Courant - April 30, 1914

MR. ROBERT LEONHARDT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Robert Leonhardt was born January 22, 1885 in New York City. He was called by the Death Angel on the 15th day of April 1914, at 5:15 p.m. to leave his earthly house of clay to enter his mansion not made with hands eternal in the heavens.

Robert came to Kansas in 1900 and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fiscus for the past 13 years. He was a member of the Salem Baptist church and a devoted Christian worker; he taught a class of boys in the Sunday school, and quite a number of his class was present at the grave to cast a flower therein as a token of a beautiful life he had lived, among them.

The funeral was preached by O. L. Weir, pastor of the First Baptist church of Howard, at the house of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fiscus, and his body was laid to rest in Cresco cemetery.

May the Lord comfort the bereaved.

"We bury the dead, we so love, from our sight,
While a star beameth forth from the depth of our night;
It comforts the heart and dispelleth the gloom,
As we follow the dead to that rest of the tomb
Oh, the days as they fly o'er the dial of time,
Are bringing us nearer to that bright of clime
Where the King in his beauty the Bethlehem Star
Shall cheer us forever, in kingdoms afar."
-----O.L. Weir


Independence Reporter - February 3, 2008

MRS. AGATHA L. LEWIS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Agatha Laura Lewis, 88, a former Independence resident, died Thursday at Pleasant Valley Manor nursing home in Sedan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Penwell-Gabel Webb & Ropdrick Chapel with, Rev. Leon Hendrix, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Private burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City.

Although the casket has been closed, friends may register at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Mrs Lewis was born Sept. 2, 1919, in Elk County, to Lee and Agnes (Green) Beiter.

She attended school in rural Elk County. Mrs. Lewis worked as a sales clerk in retail stores for severa years.

On Dec. 4. 1936, in Fredonia. she married Myrl Lewis and he died in 1994.

Mrs, Lewis was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include two sons, Rolland Lewis, Nixa, Mo., and Leland Lewis, Independence; a daughter, Elnora Carter, Sedan; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


Flint Hills Express - July7 2, 2008

MRS. EDITH L. LEWIS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Edith Loraine Lewis passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan. She was 71 years of age and a former resident of Moline.

Edith was born on August 11, 1936 at Belleville, Kan., to Henry and Rosianna (Printz) Kasl. She attended rural school and completed her education at Belleville.

Edith married Donnie LaVerne Reeves at an early age and to this union was born three children, Ricky, Cindy, and Kathy. She later married Willard Hoyt and to this marriage was born a daughter, Sherry. Edith was a devoted homemaker and mother and worked many years as a licensed insurance agent.

She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended the Elk Falls congregation in Elk Falls.

She is survived by her son, Rick Reeves of Moline, her daughter, Kathy Foust of Galena, Mo.; a brother, Ray, a sister, Alice Marie; two grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Cindy Fishback and Sherry Hoyt, and her parents.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Reed cemetery near Halfway, Mo., with Ryan Shackelford speaking at the service. A memorial has been establish with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Wichita.

Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Elk County Citizen-Advance News - October 7, 1992

MRS. ELEANOR N. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Eleanor Noreen McGuire passed away Tuesday, September 22, 1992 at Martinez, CA. She was 45 years of age. Noreen, as she was known to her friends, was born on July 26, 1947 at Eureka, to Wayne Woodrow Wilson and Verna Harriet Amelia Pearse Lewis.

She attended Moline schools and graduated from Moline High School in 1965. She attended Emporia State College and Wichita State University. Noreen was employed for several years by the Alfalfa Milling Company at the Kansas City Board of Trade. She later lived and worked in Indianapolis, IN and St. Louis, MO.

In November 27, 1976 she married Jon McGuire at the Moline United Methodist Church. In 1987 they moved to Walnut Creek, CA where Noreen worked at Consolidated Electrical Industry, Incorporated. This marriage had recently ended in divorce.

She is survived by her mother, Verna Lewis of Moline, three sisters, Rosemary Sherman of Chanute, Kay Wallace of Havana and Martha Allison of Independence, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow, on October 24, 1990.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 1992 at the Moline United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Harper of Howard officiating. Mrs. Wanda Mills was the organist. Interment of the remains was held at the Moline Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Moline Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Elk County Citizen - August 31, 1904

MRS. EMILY LEWIS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mrs. Emily Lewis
Died, at the home of her son six miles northwest of Elk Falls, Tuesday, August 16. Mrs. Emily Lewis, who was born in Saybrook, McLean county, Illinois, December 14, 1846. She was married to John P. Lewis October 17, 1876. Deceased leaves three children, Lawrence A. and Charles H. Lewis and Mrs. Bertha E. Cannon, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cox and Miss Henrietta Hazel. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Christian church more than twenty-five years and was a faithful christian wife and mother. Funeral took place at the home of her son Chas. H. Lewis, wednesday afternoon conducted by Elder N. Hill. The children accompanied their mother's remains to Oakwood cemetery near Blue Mound, Linn county, where the grave was made by the side of her husband.


Howard Courant - April 18, 1884

MR. JOHN B. LEWIS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Died-- In Howard, Kansas, on Saturday morning, April 12, 1884, Dr. John B. Lewis, aged 68 years, 5 months and 23 days. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church on Sunday, April 13th, at 2 o’clock p.m. The funeral sermon was preached by Joel A. Barker, and the burial was conducted by the Masonic Fraternity of which the deceased was an honored member. A more extended notice will be given next week.


Howard Courant, April 25, 1884

Dr. J.B. Lewis, of Howard, Kansas, died at his residence in the 69th year of his age, on Friday morning of Bright’s disease, April 12th, 1884, at 4 o’clock a.m. Dr. Lewis was born in the State of Ohio in the year A.D. 1815, and at an early age removed from Ohio to the State of Indiana, where he grew up to manhood, and in 1834 he married to Miss A.M. Franklin, (second cousin to Benjamin Franklin) who in the fiftieth year of their married life now mourns his loss. Dr. Lewis (and family) moved from the State of Indiana to Camp Point, Illinois in the year 1861, where he resided until 1873, when he moved to Kansas and settled in Boston, then Howard county, where he continued to reside until 1879 when he moved to Howard and has since resided here.

(This eloquent obit has been abbreviated, and it is interesting to note the discrepancies between the two news items).


Unknown Newspaper - August 27, 1931

MR. JOHN W. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

John William Lewis was born February 21, 1860 near Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois, and left his earthly tabernacle, August 27, 1931, 7:35 a. m. at his home, Moline, Kansas, at the age of 71 years, 6 months, and 6 days.

While yet a small boy he came with his parents to Kansas, settling in Jefferson county. In 1870 they staked a claim in Elk then Howard county. Tho he was only a boy he took his place among the men in conquering the wilderness. After he became of age he started to gratify his ambition for an education to the extent of completing the first year in college at Manhattan, Kansas. Because of ill health he was forced to discontinue his college work. He had several years of teaching experience to his credit.

In 1897 he was united in marriage to Olive E. Jones. To this union were born three daughters; Latura, Ruth, and Mary, and two sons; Dwight and Leo, all of whom survive him and were present at his passing. He did his unmost to give his family the best things of life and his greatest gift was his Christian influence. The rule of his life was to be with his family in the Lord's House on the Lord's Day. He taught his children to love the Bible.

His Christian experience began very early. His mother taught him his letters from the Bible. He became a member of the Methodist Church at Center school house when he was 16. In 1913 he was buried with his Lord thru baptism and has since been affiliated with the Christian Church in Moline. His Christian life has been one of growth-especially the last few years. Tho the temptations, trials and sufferings were intense he was strong in faith, very patient and kind. Every spare moment was given to study of the Word. His last audible words were "Jesus saves!"

He was a member of the A. F. and A. M. Lodge, also the I. O. O. F. Lodge.

Besides the immediate family, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Lura Shore of Oxford, Kansas; two brothers, Joe of Moline and George of Stead, New Mexico, and many other relatives and friends.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Shore and Mrs. Jaxie Scogin, Oxford, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Charley Wilson and daughter, Belle Plaine, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Oskison, Coffeyville, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Jones, Cherryvale, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Glenn, daughter, Dola and son Edwin and Miss Aiken, Sedan, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Charley Forsythe and Mrs. Alma Campbell, Howard, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Keith and daughters, Theo and Jennie Longton, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Crews and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Will Lindly, and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Kyser, Mr. and Mrs. D. Nibarger and Miss Blanch Rose, Mr. S. D. Witt, W. M. Williams, Guy Stiles and Newton Hill all of Elk Falls.


Unknown Newspaper - July 14, 1940

MR. JOSEPH H. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Joseph Howard Lewis Passed Away Sunday
Joseph Howard Lewis, son of J. A. and Josephine Lewis, was born in what was then Howard County, Kansas, on March 29, 1871. His parents spent the winter here before moving to their claim where he lived the rest of his life with the exception of eleven years spent near, ClenCoe, Oklahoma. He died on July 14, 1940.

He was married on December 24, 1902, to Miss Olive L. Beach. Eight children were born to them, one of which, Ruth, preceeded him in death in 1929.

Surviving him are the following children: Chas. W., Roy E., Eugene, June and Donna, at the home. Mrs. Orville Maxwell of Elk Falls and Howard A. of Moline. Also two grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. A. J. Shore of Oxford.

The funeral was held at Ames Chapel on Monday, July 11 conducted by Rev. Melvin Booth, minister. Interment in Ames Chapel Cemetery.

Relatives and close friends from out of town to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Will Lindley and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Lewis of Elk Falls, Mrs. Carl Rambottom and Bee Kimsey of Independence, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Forsythe, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Richards of Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Taylor of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.


Unknown Newspaper - November 27, 1970

MISS LAUTURA LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Latura Lewis Rites Held
Funeral services for Miss Latura Lewis, Moline, who died Nov. 27, were held Wednesday at the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with the Rev .John Ward officiating. Interment will be in the Moline Cemetery.

Born July 25, 1898, in Moline the daughter of J. A. and Olive Lewis, she was a member of the Moline Christian Church.

Survivors are her two brothers, Dwight, Elk City; Leo, Chandler, Ariz.; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Prathem, Winfield and Mrs. Mary Snodgrass, Brodhead, Ky.


Unknown Newspaper - July 8, 1972

MRS. MARY LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mary Lewis Service Held
Mrs. Mary Perrigo Lewis, 89, died July 8, in Sedan City Hospital.

She was born April 9, 1883, in Afton, Iowa, to Robert and Lucinda Rebecca Mobley Hudson.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Perrigo of Howard, Fred Perrigo, of Wichita, and Francis Perrigo of Burden; one daughter, Mrs. Elnora Chaffin, Bloomington, Ind., and one sister, Mrs. Fannie McKibbon of Elliott, Iowa.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Watt Funeral Home in Moline by Robert Thompson. Interment was in the Moline Cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - July, 1966

MR. ORWILL P. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Services For Orwill P. Lewis
Orwill P. Lewis, 77, Elk Falls, lifelong resident of Elk County died Wednesday morning at the Westervelt Manor nursing home in Independence after a long illness.

Services were held Saturday at the Spurrier-Watt funeral home chapel at Howard. Rev. James Lorenson officiated and interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery at Howard.

He was born Oct. 14, 1888 in Elk County west of Howard and had lived his entire life in that county. On March 4, 1908, he was married to Gertrude Ellen Rose at Howard and moved to Elk Falls in 1917. For a number of years he farmed and operated a threshing machine. He was a member of the school board for ten years and on the city council for six years. Later he was city marshal and worked for the city on different jobs. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and took an active part in community affairs as long as his health permitted. He had lived in Elk Falls since 1942.

Survivors besides the widow are a son, Orwill P. Lewis, Jr. Arlington Wash.; seven daughters, Mrs. Mary Royse, Longton, Mrs. Bea Kinsey, Independence, Mrs. Lucile Hagins and Mrs. Ethel Lewis both of Arlington, Wash.; Mrs. Lolla Belle Shults, Wichita, Mrs. Gertrude Beaumont, Mt. Hope and Mrs. Nina Arnel Fontana, Calif.; a brother, Elbin Lewis, Moline; a sister, Mrs. Arthur Arndt, Howard; and 44 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper - DATE

ROY E. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Roy Lewis Services Held
Roy Edwin Lewis, Elk Falls, died in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb 8.

He was born Dec. 31, 1913, at Glencoe, Okla., the son of Joseph and Olive L. Lewis.

Survivors include two brothers, Ortan E., Las Vega, and Howard A., Elk Falls, two sisters, Mrs. June Johnson, Dallas, Ore., and Mrs. Donna Dable, Lockport, Ill.

Funeral services were held Thursday at the Watt Funeral Home Chapel. The Most Rev. Bishop Sam Crain officiated. Interment was in the Ames Chapel Cemetery.


The Moline Advance - April 18, 1929

MISS RUTH LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ruth Lewis, the nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. H. Lewis, died a the home of her parents, Monday, April 15, after a severe illness of several months duration.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. O. W. Dewey of the M. E. Church of Moline and interment was made in Ames Chapel Cemetery.

The bereaved parents have the sincere sympathy of all the people of this community in their irreparable loss.


The Globe, Atchison, Kansas - May 28, 1880

MRS. SARAH LEWIS - Submitted by S. Williams

Mrs. Sarah Lewis, of Elk county, died suddenly in the Santa Fe depot in this city this morning, of hemorrhage of the lungs. She was returning to her father's home near Fairfield, Iowa, accompanied by her two children and a married sister, and arrived by the Santa Fe train at 9 o'clock. After walking up the steps to the ladies waiting room, she remarked that she hadn't felt better in a long time, but was soon taken with a hemorrhage, and died in a few minutes. Her husband is on his farm in Elk county, and is perhaps cheerfully about his work, ignorant of his dead wife and sorrowing children. Her sister informed a reporter for this paper that she had been sick for several months; that she was twenty three years old, and that her little boy was aged four years, and the girl two. When the reporter visited the room, the body was lying upon the floor, and the neglected children bitterly crying; a few women of the neighborhood had gathered in to do good offices, and several men who were in the room gave the sister money, and awkwardly tried to comfort the children. The face of the dead wore a weary, tired expression, and it was pale from disease and trouble. The form was terribly thin and wasted, and we could not help thinking that she was better off. We hope there is a heaven for such tired and weary mortals as this woman, and rest forever. Her sister will pursue her journey this evening, and the remains will be buried, she said, in the old churchyard at home, where she had played when a child, before disease, and marriage, and children, and western homesteads came to her. Money was given to the sister in plenty, although before that they often wanted for something to eat. We thought more of Atchison than ever when we saw the noble men and women who came so promptly to relieve suffering. The dead woman's trunk had been seized at Emporia by a landlord for a board bill, and conductor George Rix, of the Santa Fe, immediately telegraphed him to send the trunk by the first train, and he would pay the charges. Money enough was raised to buy a coffin, and leave a balance of twenty dollars for expenses, which was given to the sister. This lady, Mrs. N.G. Lewman, tried to ask our reporter to thank the people for their kindness, but tears overcame her, and she sat down and cried instead. "But you know what I wanted to say," she said. (May 28, 1880 The Globe, Atchison Kansas Submitted by S. Williams) Howard Courant - August 24, 1916

MR. SLATER D. LEWIS - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mr. Slater D. Lewis was born at Payson, Adams county, Illinois. February 9th, 1843 and died at Howard, Kansas, August 16, 1916, at 4:30 p.m., being 73 years, 6 months and 7 days old. In his early youth he united with the Baptist church of Payson, Illinois. At the age of 18 he heard the call of his country and enlisted April 7th, 1861, in Company C, of the 50th regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served under the colors something over 3 years being mustered out September 27th, 1864. His regiment belonged to the Army of the Cumberland under Gen. Thomas and was in the engagement at Shiloh and at Altoona Pass.

Mr. Lewis was married at Payson, Illinois, February 24th, 1869, to Miss Alice Kay. To this union five children were born of whom three are living, Mrs. Clara Brown of Springfield, Illinois; Mrs. Myrtle Kyser of Grenola, Kansas; D.S. Lewis of Howard, Kansas, together with the wife and mother Mrs. Alice K. Lewis, to mourn his loss.

Mr. Lewis moved to Kansas in 1881, settling at Elk Falls and later moved to Howard. He has been prominent in the affairs of county and city and has always had a wide interest in state and national life. Mr. Lewis served as clerk of Elk county from 1892-96 and has served on the city council a number of times. Mr. Lewis was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and his brother Masons paid their last tributes to the deceased in the beautiful burial rites of the Order.

The funeral was at the home August 18th at 10 a.m., in charge of the Masonic Lodge with a short service by Pastor Kearns. Interment was in the Grace Lawn cemetery.


October 1990

MR. WAYNE W. LEWIS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Wayne Woodrow Wilson Lewis passed away Wednesday, October 23, 1990 at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. He was 76 years of age.

Woodrow, or "Woody", as he was known to his friends was born on November 27, 1913 at Eureka, Kansas to Brooklyn and Minnie Souder Lewis. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Eureka area.

On August 18, 1934, he married Verna Harriet Amelia Pearse at Howard, Kansas. They made their home in Eureka until moving to Moline in 1947. Woodrow was employed as a mechanic with the Martin-Marietta plant in Moline. He retired in 1972.

He was a member of the Moline United Mehtodist Church, Meridian Lodge #126 A.F. & A.M., and was currently the Worthy Patron of Ladonia Chapter #243 Orderof the Eastern Star at Elk Falls.

Woodrow is survived by his wife, Verna of the home; four daughters, Rosemary Sherman of Chanute, Kay Wallace of Havana, Martha Allison of Independence and Noreen McGuire of Walnut Creek, California; two brothers, Jack and Billy both of Eureka; five sisters, Vada Murphy of Madison, Millie Brown of Eureka, Treva Cypret of Andover and Dorothy Pearse and Cleora Hayes both of Eureka; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 1990 at the Moline Cemetery with Rev. LaDonna Carey of the Moline United Methodist Church officiating. Masonic graveside services were conducted by Meridian Lodge #126 of Elk Falls. A memorial has been established with the Elk Manor Nursing Home, contributions can be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were madewith the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Moline Review - August 16, 1907

MR. THOMAS LIDDENTON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Thomas Liddenton Dead
Word comes just as the Review is going to press that Thomas Liddenton, who lives northeast of town, passed away Thursday morning. He has been ill for sometime, but was not considered seriously sick until a few days before his death.

Mr. Liddenton has long been a resident of this vicinity. There was no better man in the community than he.


Winfield Courier, July 20, 1965

MR. DANIEL J. LIEBAU

Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p. m. tonight for Daniel J. Liebau, 18, Moline, in the chapel of the Watt Funeral Home, Moline. Liebau died at 11:00 p. m., Saturday in Pueblo, Colorado, following a two car accident 22 miles east of there Saturday, in which David J. Hopper, 20, Moline, and Deborah Ann Henrie, 16, Fowler, Colorado, were injured.

Requiem Mass for Daniel Liebau will be celebrated by the Rev. Patrick Mannion in St. Mary's Catholic church, Moline, at 10:00 a, m., Tuesday. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet cemetery at Moline.

The Colorado State Patrol said Liebau was killed when the car he was in struck the left rear of another west bound auto at about 9:45 p. m., Saturday. Both cars skidded sideways and over turned. The patrol said David Hoper also of Moline and son of, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hopper, suffered multiple cuts and bruises. He was taken to St. Mary Corwin hospital in Pueblo, where his condition today was listed as fair. Deborah Ann Henrie was the sole occupant of the other car.

The patrol said it did not know which of the Moline youths was driving, since both were thrown from the vehicle when it over turned.

Daniel J. Liebau was born March 15, 1947, in Winfield and was a 1965 graduate of Moline high school. He had planned to attend Wichita State University this fall.

Survivors of Liebau include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Garl Liebau, Moline; a brother, Jim, and a sister, Jane, of the home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Liebau, Grenola, and Paul Welch, Silverdale.


Unknown Newspaper - September 1966

MRS. HATTIE E. LIGGETT - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Services For Hattie Liggett
Funeral services were conducted last Friday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Hattie E. Liggett of Moline. Rev. Anthony Simowitz, pastor of the Moline Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Grenola.

Mrs. Liggett was born March 5, 1891, at Grenola, the daughter of John and Minnie (Ditman) Dinger.

She married Albert Liggett at Howard on Dec. 24, 1916 and they moved to a farm near Weatherford, Okla. When Mr. Liggett died in 1946, she moved to Moline.

She was a member of the Moline Baptist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Frank and Ed Dinger, of Winfield.


Prairie Star - May 18, 2011

MRS. BERTHA M. LIGHT

Bertha Marie Peninger Light, age 83, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Howard Twilight Manor in Howard.

She was born on April 2, 1928 on a farm northwest of Burden to Ray Everett and Theo Gladys (Moore) Peninger. She grew up a few miles northeast of Burden. She attended Mt, Vernon Rural School and Burden High School. Bertha married Joseph Francis Light on Dec. 11, 1944 in Winfield and to this union was born three children: Barbara Jo, Marlyn Louise and Larry Wayne and all were reared in Howard.

Bertha and Joe lived in Burden until 1950, when they moved to Howard, with only a 12 year period they both worked in Wichita, returning to Howard after retirement. In 2004 they moved to Independence.

Bertha loved her family. She was a homemaker first and worked for the Post Office for nearly 30 years. She joined the Methodist Church at an early age. Bertha was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and 4-H helping with organizations as she could. She was a friend to all.

Bertha painted and made quilts for her babies, grand babies and great grand babies. She quilted many quilts her mother had pieced for all her siblings families too.

Leaving to mourn are daughters: Barbara Jo and Jim C. Smith of Eureka and their children Brandi and Kandi; Marlyn and Tom Long of Independence and their children Ronda, Sherry, Denece, Jason, Josh and Nicki; her son Larry and Crystal Light of El Dorado and their children Terry and Patrick; sister Nina Kullhem of Palisade, Minn.; brother John Peninger of Derby; 23 greatgrandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews and cousins.

Bertha was preceded by her husband Joe, her father Ray Peninger, her mother Theo Allen, granddaughter baby Smith, two great-grandchildren and sister Lela Bannon.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Howard United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Interment will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to the Howard United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - November 2004

MR. CHARLES M. LIGHT

HOWARD - Charles Martin Light, 75, of rural Howard, died Thursday at his home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m Monday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Pastor Jerry Green of Severy officiating. Interment will be at Elk Falls Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and donations may be left with the funeral home.

Mr. Light was born Aug. 15, 1929 at Hilltop to Francis Washington and Eda Katherine (Gunther) Light. He attended school at Hilltop, Oil Field and Virgil, graduating from Virgil High School in 1947.

He began farming and ranching with his father near Virgil and then in 1952 te moved near Howard and remained in ranching there for the rest of his life. He also worked at West Elk High School for 20 years as a bus driver and maintenance worker.

He married Clara Alice Beaumont on Sept. 5, 1959 on a farm near Howard, and she survives at the home.

Mr. Light was a member of Wesleyan Church in Howard, and after that church closed he attended the Church the Nazarene in Severy.

In addition to his wife, he is survived two sons, Martin Light and Randy Light, both of Howard; a daughter Tina Shipley, Howard; three sisters, Norma Lord, Augusta, Harriet Hyler, Howard, and Jean Long, Cedar Vale; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Unknown Newspaper - May 11, 1947

MRS. CORA B. LINDLY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Cora Belle Lewis, daughter of William Robert and Clarissa Lewis was born March 31, 1871, near Old Boston in Chautauqua county, and departed her life, May 11, 1947, in Newton memorial hospital Winfield, Kansas, at the age of 76 years, one month and ten days.

On November 11, 1891, she was united in marriage to William Lindly and spent the early part of their married life near Winfield. To this union were born two sons, Everett of Moline and Lee of Winfield.

She grew to womanhood near Howard and was baptized in the Baptist church of Howard at an early age. She was a kind, patient and loving mother and wife, always giving a smile and word of cheer to those with whom she came in contact.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, two sons, five grand-children, Clarence of Arkansas City, Vernon of Moline, Kenneth of Elk Falls, Mrs. Jean Hoover and Harold Lindly of Winfield; two great grand children, Diana Dale and John David Lindly, Elk Falls; three sisters, three brothers, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Elk Falls, Tuesday, May 13th, at 2:30 p. m. conducted by Rev. R. L. Cecil. Music was furnished by Mrs. R. G. Morton, Mrs. John Ransom, Fred Finley, I. L. Lyons, and Maxine Nelson, accompanist. Burial was in Grace Lawn cemetery at Howard under the direction of the Moon Funeral home.


Unknown Newspaper - June 17, 1947

MR. WILLIAM LINDLY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

William Lindly was born July 17, 1871 near Pleasant Hill, Mo., and departed his life June 24, 1947 at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 7 days. He was the only child of John and Alice Lindly. His mother died when he was less than a year old.

When he came to Kansas with his father and uncles he lived near Floral and later came to Elk county where he grew to manhood, near Union Center and attended school there. He was united in marriage to Cora B. Lewis, November 11, 1891 and to this union were born two sons, Everett of Moline and Lee of Winfield.

He was a kind, patient and loving father, always giving a smile and helping hand to all in need. He lived on a farm northwest of town until 1914, when he moved to his present home where he has resided ever since.

He leaves to mourn his departure two sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grand children, 2 half sisters, Mrs. Mildred Thorp, Arkansas City, Mrs. Thelma Greenwood, Wichita, other relatives and a host of friends. His wife passed away on May 11th of this year.

Funeral services were held on Thursday P. M., June 26th at 2:30 at the Methodist Church, Elk Falls, Kansas. Burial in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Howard Courant-Citizen - September 1960

DR. GEORGE R. LOCKETT - Submitted by L. Morgan

DR. LOCKETT FOUND DEAD

Dr. George R. Lockett, Moline physician, was found dead about 10:00 a.m., Sunday at Wagoner, Oklahoma. Circumstances leading up to Dr. Lockett's death are being investigated by Elk county officials and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

He left home Saturday morning to make his regular calls at the Sedan hospital. Apparently he had not been seen until found at Wagoner. It was estimated by the coroner there, that he had been dead about ten hours. He was found sitting at the wheel of a pickup truck.

Dr. Lockett was born May 2, 1919, at LaBelle, Missouri, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lockett. He was a World War II navy pilot and married his wife, Louise, in Casa Blanca. He had practiced medicine in Moline and Elk county for six years.

Survivors are his wife, Louise, and five children, Gerald, Jeffrey, Randy, Karen and Debbie, of the home, and his parents of LaGrange, Missouri, and two brothers.

Funeral rites are set for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Moline Methodist church with Clyde Coriell officiating. Interment will be in the Moline cemetery, with the Watts Funeral Home in charge.


Howard Courant-Citizen - April 21, 1966

MRS. CLARA E. LOGSDON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Clara Eula Logsdon was born October 28, 1889, and departed this life April 10, 1966. She was the third child of Oscar C. and Anna K. Karr. She was born at Middleburg, Nebraska. At a very early age she moved to Kansas with her parents.

She was joined in wedlock to John Logsdon in 1909. To this union three children were born, two daughters and one son, all of whom survive: LuVerne Christian of Santa Monica, Claifornia; Berniece Dennett of Howard, Kanss and Marvin M. Logsdon of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. ALso surviving are two sisters, Edna Gentry of Table Rock, Nebraska and Ruby Divine or Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Her mother and father, one sister and one brother preceded her in death.

Clara and her husband spent their married life in Elk county, farming until a few years ago, when they moved to Longton. Her husband preceded her in death December 29, 1956. Recently she had moved to Howard, due to ill health. She was a devoted mother and will be remembered by her loved ones for her determination and her preserverence.

Funeral services were held at the Spurrier-Watt chapel, Howard, April 12 at 2 p.m., with Arthur Frary of the Howard Methodist church officiating. (Music arrangements and names of casket bearers have been omitted). Concluding services and interment were in the Longton cemetery, Longton, Kansas.


Howard Courant - July 31, 1930

MR. HENRY B. LOGSDON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Henry B. Logsdon was born at Munfordsville, Hart county, Kentucky on August 4, 1861 and departed his life at his home near Grenola, July 21, 1930, age 68 years, 11 months, and 17 days.

He came to Kansas with his father when he was about 12 years of age. His mother died when he was eight years of age.

He was united in marriage to Emma Newbecker in 1882 locating near Grenola. To this union were born five children, Lucien of Grenola, Bertha, who passed away December 16, 1920; John of near Howard; Mrs. Maud Schul of Grenola and Eddie of Moline.

On Wednesday, July 16th, he met with a serious accident, having been knocked and trampled by cattle. He had been in frail condition for many years and was unable to survive the shock and the internal injuries. Mr. Logsdon was devoted to his family and to his friends, he loved his neighbors and did his best to live in peace with all mankind.

He and his wife united with the Grenola Methodist Episcopal church about thirty years ago.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his good wife, four children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, a few distant relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. church conducted by Rev. R. L. Kuhns and interment made in the Greenlawn cemetery.--Grenola Gazette.


A Moline Newspaper - November 16, 1906

MR. P. A. LOGSDON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

P. A. Logsdon Dead
P. A. Logsdon, a former prominent citizen of Grenola, known to many people of this vicinity, died at his home at Santa Fe last Saturday of bilious fever. The remains were brought to Grenola and the funeral services were held Thursday. The people of this city and community extend their sympathy to the friends in their loss.


The Moline Review - October 11, 1907

MR. CHARLES E. LONG - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Death of Charles E. Long
As stated elsewhere in this paper the life of Charles E. Long was sacrificed in the fire which consumed the Boice meat market Monday morning at 3:30 a.m. October 7, 1907. He and some others were working in the rear of the building to keep down the fire and prevent its spreading when the chimney fell and crushed him. His last act was to look out for the safety of his companions and had he not done so another life would have been taken instead of his own.

Charlie Long lived all his life in Moline, and was dearly beloved by every one for his bright, cheerful disposition, his generous, kind heart, and his fearless, brave acts in all places where men were tried. He had no enemy, his unselfish life could create only friends. He was honest and upright; malice, hatred, untruth never found a place in his nature. No one can remember a mean act that he ever did. Every one can count numerous kindnesses and brave actions he has performed.

After the accident he never regained consciousness, but died in a few hours. The funeral services were held at the Christian church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Elder N. Hill, of Elk Falls, an old friend of the deceased, spoke the funeral oration. The pastors of the Christian and Methodist churches assisted in the services. The pastor of the Catholic church was also present on the platform. The I.O.O.F. funeral service was rendered at the church and the grave. The M. W. A. marched, in the procession. The entire town and a large number from the surrounding country attended the ceremonies. All this testifies of the universal esteem in which the deceased was held.

Mr. Long leaves a wife and a son to mourn his untimely taking away. He also leaves numberless friends and other relatives to share the sorrow and give the balm of their consolation the widow and fatherless son in their unfathomed affliction.


Unknown Newspaper - April 1971

MRS. IONA M. LONG - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Iona Long Rites Held
Mrs. Iona Mary Long, 79, of Moline died Sunday in Sedan.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Watt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jon Ward officiating. Burial was in the Moline Cemetery.

Mrs. Iona Mary Long was born Oct. 9, 1891, in Pontiac, Kan., the daughter of Isaac W. and Jennie (Osborn) Beal.

She was a member of the Moline Christian Church and the Royal Neighbors Lodge.

Survivors include son Marion of Wichita; two daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Friedline and Mrs. Geneva Driskill of Wichita; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Carvin, Independence, Mo., and Mrs. Ruth Green, Winfield; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchilden.

Her husband, Lawrence, preceded her in death March 1, 1966.


The Moline Advance - December 27, 1928

MRS. LUCY E. LONG - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF MRS. S. B. LONG

It is with deep regret that the news is written that Mrs. S. B. Long died at her home yesterday evening. She had been suffering with influenza for some time, was taken suddenly with pneumonia and passed away in a very short time.

Mrs. Long was a truly good and worth woman who had long made her residence in Moline and vicinity, raised a large family of most excellent citizens and was honored and highly respected as a most worthy member of society. The people of the community will miss her and will extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved one, whose cup of grief was already filled with recent death of a sister.


From THE MOLINE ADVANCE Jan 1929

Lucy Evalyn Moseley was born in Clark County, Missouri, September 13, 1853, departed this life December 26, 1928, at her home in Moline, Kansas, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 13 days.

She was united in marriage to Samuel B. Long of Kahoka, Missouri, on March 31, 1884. Living in Missouri two years after her marriage, from there she moved to Elk County, Kansas, on a farm eight miles west of Howard where she live until March 1904 when they moved near Moline, Kansas. In 1919 they moved to Moline where she resided happily until her death. Her husband preceding her to the Great Beyond on October 30, 1919.

To this union was born five girls and one boy. Bertha J. Walworth passing away March 24, 1927, and Mary E. Thornton December 3, 1928. The four surviving children are Mrs. Blanche Messick, Arapahoe, Colorado; Mrs. Gertrude Mossberger, Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Bessie McDonald and Harry B. Long, Moline, Kansas. She also leaves seventeen grandchildren, a nephew, George Moseley of Grenola, Kansas, and six nieces who reside at various places in Washington, a number of cousins and numberless friends and neighbors who certainly will miss her from their midst. She made friends and kept them, because she was a friend because she was genuine.

She united with the Christian Church when a young woman, later belonging to the Community congregation at Chaplin, then placing her membership with the Moline Christian Church. They tell us that Christianity today has lost its radiance, but in her case it was not so. Her church was the gate of heaven to her, and as far as her strength and means went, no one supported it better than she.

Her last day was spent reading Christmas greeting and listening to the Christmas carols over the radio. About five o'clock she commenced to breathe hard, and while the carolers sang, "Silent night, holy night, all is still, all is bright, sleep in heavenly peace," she passed on a valiant and good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church of Moline conducted by Mrs. Belle Reid Yates of Grenola, assisted by Rev. H. A. Kerr of Moline, and the body laid to rest in the Moline cemetery.


Howard Courant - February 6, 1885

MRS. ROSA LONGFELLOW - Submitted by L. Morgan

Rosa L. Payne was born in Elizabeth, Kentucky, September 9th, 1833; moved to Missouri in 1850. She was married to Jonathan Longfellow, February 5, 1865. Four daughters blessed their union, all of whom remain to mourn the loss of both parents. At an early age she made a profession of religion, uniting with the Christian church of which she has ever been a worthy member. By her kindness and Christ-like example she won hosts of friends who sincerely mourn her death. She died January 25, 1885, at 4:35 p.m., aged 51 years.


Unknown Newspaper - December 30, 1947

MR. WILLIAM A. LONGFELLOW - Submitted by Dan Durbin

ALLEN LONGFELLOW PASSES
William Allen Longfellow, son of Robert and Emily Longfellow was born, November 17, 1874 at Millport, Mo.

In 1890 with his family he moved to Elk county, where he has resided until the time of his death. He was married in 1899 at Elk Falls to Viola Mae Stewart and to this union was born three sons, Orville, Carroll and Rex.

Mr. Longfellow passed away at the home of his son, Carroll south of Moline, December 30, 1947 at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 13 days. Mrs. Longfellow preceded him in death in 1930.

He leaves to mourn his departure his sons; Orville, of Ogden, Utah, Carroll of Moline, Rex of Elk Falls and eight grand children, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hamilton of Leavenworth and Mrs. Ann Clough of Cherokee, Iowa.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 31, 1947 at the Rarick Chapel, Moline, Kansas. Interment in Elk Falls cemetery.


Howard Courant - January 14, 1932

MRS. CARRIE H. LONGLEY - Submitted by L. Morgan

Carrie Hall, daughter of David and Mary , was born at Princeton, Virginia (now West Virginia), May 20, 1846.

The family fortunes were wrecked by the Civil War and its results, and the Halls moved to Indiana soon after the close of hostilities, where they lived until 1872, and where the father passed away. The mother and children came to Kansas and located near the then, new town of Howard.

On June 24, 1875, Carrie Hall was married to E. K. Longley at Howard, and to them were born three daughters and one son, one of the daughters dying in infancy. The Longley family moved to Washington D. C. where they lived several years, and later lived at Kansas City and other points, again coming back to Howard, where they continued to live until by reason of advanced years and failing health, Mr. and Mrs. Longley went to Cleveland, Ohio, where their children had established their homes.

Mr. Longley passed away at Cleveland, May 21, 1928, since which time Mrs. Longley lived with her daughters. She continued in her usual good health until a few months ago, and retained her mental faculties until almost the last.

On Wednesday, January 6th, she passed quietly and peacefully away at the home of her elder daughter, Mrs. Jack Bender, where she had been tenderly and lovingly cared for most of the time since going to Cleveland.

Mrs. Longley is survived by one son, Roy Longley, two daughters, Mrs. Abbey Bender and Mrs. Olive Wright, all of Cleveland and one aged sister, Mrs. Ella V. Strachan of Los Angeles, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Longley were member of the Howard Presbyterian church during the later years of their residence in this city.

The remains were brought to Howard, Friday evening, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Bender, and services were held in the Presbyterian church Saturday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. A. R. Griggs. A large number of old friends and relatives were present to pay their respects.

Favorite hymns were rendered by the choir, and Mrs. A.T. Ayres sant a beautiful, appropriate solo, "Let not your Heart be troubled," by Oley Speaks, Mrs. Griggs at the piano. The pallbearers were old friends and neighbors of the Longley family and the interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery where the husband and several members of the Hall family were already sleeping.


Howard Courant - September 8, 1932

MR. PHELIZ LORANCE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Phelix Lorance was born in Jackson county, Indiana on April 3, 1848 and died at his home in Howard, Kansas, September 5, 1932, at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 2 days.

He moved with his parents to Iola, Allen county, Kansas at the age of 9 years, where he grew to manhood. Near the end of the Civil War he was a government scout on the plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado. He settled on a claim near Elk Falls, Kansas, in 1867 and was active in the building up of the new settlement, sharing all the joys and sorrows of the pioneers.

In 1884 he moved his family to a farm in Paw Paw township where they resided until December 1912, when they removed to Howard where he has since made his home.

On August 21, 1873, he was married to Pulcherry Yease Wray who preceded him in death on April 25, 1928. To this union were born nine children, seven girls and two boys. One boy Dewey died at the age of two years. They were so broken-hearted at the death of this little son that they adopted a motherless nephew, Peter E. Wilcott.

The surviving children are Minnie B. McPherson of Wichita, Kansas; Peter E. Lorance, George W. Lorance, Effie M. McDonald, Tresa D. Gruenebaum, and Hattie V. Dailey, all of Kansas City, Missouri; Maude B. McBride at home, Pearl L. Guy of Hutchinson, Kansas; Leah L. Custer of Moline, Kansas; and twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lorance was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Elk Falls and later at Severy, Kansas.

In 1882 he was converted and joined the Methodist church. Later when he moved to Paw Paw he joined the Baptist church and always gave liberally of his time and money to its support and as long as his health permitted was a regular attendant. At the time of his death he was a member of the First Baptist church in Howard.

He was a devoted husband and father and a loyal friend, always kind and helpful to unfortunate and discouraged people. “In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these ye have done it unto me,” “Not lost but gone before.”

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor J.W. Bayles, at 2:00 o’clock, Tuesday afternoon. A quartet from the church sang very beautifully several hymns selected by the family. The members of the quartet were: Mrs. Ross Cochran, Mrs. Mildred Taylor, B.A.Eby and Wm. Barackman Sr. with Miss Laurel Dickson at the piano. The Masons of Severy and Howard furnished the pall bearers and conducted the services at the grave in a very beautiful way.

Interment was made in Grace Lawn cemetery.


Howard Courant - May 3, 1928

MRS. PULCHERRY Y. LORANCE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Pulcherry Yease Wray, youngest child of Anderson and Elizabeth Wray, was born near Geneva, Allen County, Kansas, May 25, 1857. Departed this life at her home in Howard, Kansas, April 25, 1928, at the age of 70 years and 11 months.

So far as we have been able to ascertain, she was the first white child born in Allen County, Kansas.

She was married to Phelix Lorance August 21, 1873 and they departed at once to live on his claim near Elk Falls, Kansas, to take up the rugged life of the pioneers.

In 1880 they moved to Arkansas where they lived for 4 years. Upon their return to Kansas they moved to a farm north of Howard where they lived until 1912 when they came to Howard to make their home.

She was converted at an early age and was always active in her church as long as her health permitted and beautifully followed her Master in life of service and humility. She was unfailingly kind and devoted to her family and friends. While her last days were filled with suffering and pain she was always patient and thoughtful for those who cared for her.

She is survived by her husband, Phelix Lorance and the following children: Mrs. Minnie McPherron of Wichita; Peter E. and G. W. Lorance; Mrs. Effie McDonald, Mrs. Teresa Gruenebaum and Hattie V. Dailey of Kansas City; Mrs. Pearl Guy of Hutchinson, Mrs. Leah Custer of Moline; and Miss Maude Lorance at home. Also 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret L. Clark of Longton and many other more distantly related.

Howard and community as well as old neighbors and friends near and far, unite in expression of sincere sympathy to Mr. Lorance, the sons and daughters and other relatives. All thoughtful people note with profound regret the rapid passing of the splendid pioneers of our great State.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Friday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Pastor Bayles. The services were largely attended. The floral offerings were unusually beautiful. Burial was made in Grace Lawn Cemetery.


Independence Reporter - September 2, 2007

MR. BOBBIE G. LORD - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Bobbie G. Lord, 78, of Wichita, died Thursday at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Howard with Pastor Gene DeWitt officiation. Interment will be at Cresco Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Society of America and donations may be sent to Countryside Funderal Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

Zimmerman Funeral HOme of Howard is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Lord was born Aug. 1, 1929 in Reese, the son of Fell and Bessie (Van Buskirk) Lord.

He married Helen Preston in 1947 in Howard and they later made their home in Wichita. He survives at the home.

Mr. Lord worked for Beech Aircraft in Wichita for 44 years, including 35 years as a truck driver.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Robert Lord, Andover, and Michael Lord, Tazewell, Tenn.; a daughter, Joyce Hoke, Wichita; three grandchildren nd six great-grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper - December 1, 1947

MRS. ETTA E. LOWRY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Etta Estella Cooley daughter of Charles Marion and Elizabeth Ann Cooley was born in Howard, Kans., June 2nd, 1874.

She was married to James William Lowry January 1st, 1891 at Howard, Kansas and to this union nine children were born, five of which preceded her in death.

Those surviving are the husband James William Lowry of the home, Aden of Sedan, Alice Telford of Winfield, and Marion of Moline. Twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Lowry has been in failing health for many months but her sufferings became acute only a few months ago. She bore her illness with patience and without complaint realizing that her end was steadily approaching forgetting herself and always ready to administer to the needs of those near her giving up her time unsolicited and assistance to the suffering and afflicted.

Hew flowers have been a source of pleasure to the entire community. She derived great pleasure from sharing them with her friends and her church. She spent her entire life in Elk County and was baptized in the Methodist Church in 1901 and has been an active member ever since.

She was a member of the American legion Auxiliary and was a past president.

She passed away at the Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, Kansas, Dec., 1, 1947 at the age of 73 years, 5 months and 29 days.
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Funeral services were held Thursday Dec. 4, from Methodist Church at Elk Falls, Kans., at 2:30 p. m. Rev. Joe Lane of Sedan, Kans., officiating. Interment in Moline Cemetery.


Unknown Newspaper - December, 1969

MR. MARION W. LOWRY - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Marion Lowry Rites Held
Services for Marion Wesley Lowry, 58, rural mail carrier were held Tuesday afternoon at Watt Funeral Home in Moline. He died Saturday after an illness.

Born at Elk Falls, Kan., the son of Etta Estella Cooley and James Lowry, he lived in Elk County all his life.

He was past commander of Ferguson-Spease Post, American Legion; past commander of Elk-Wilson County American Legion; Past master of Masonic Lodge 267, past patron of eastern Star 195, past noble Eastern Star 185, past noble grand of Odd Fellows Lodge 215; a member of the national Rural Letter Carriers Ass'n. and the United Methodist Church of Moline.

Survivors include his widow, Grace; two sons, Gerald, Ark City and John, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Alice Morgan, Wichita, Mrs. Linda Thomas, Moline and Miss Mary Lou of the home; a brother, Aden, Sedan, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Telford, Winfield.

There will be American Legion and Masonic rites at the Moline Cemetery.


Prairie Star - December 29, 2010

MRS. HELEN "JOYCE" LORD

Helen "Joyce" Lord, age 83, a resident of Wichita, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

She was born on Dec. 19, 1927 in Howard, the daughter of Otis and Hazel (Greenwood) Preston.

In 1947 she was united in marriage to Bobbie Gene Lord in Howard and he preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 2007. During their marriage Joyce and Bobbie enjoyed family gatherings that involved dinners, movies, sports, camping, traveling and attending the state fair. She also enjoyed gardening vegetables and flowers, crocheting, sewing, cooking and watching K.U. and Miami Heat basketball.

Joyce is survived by one daughter Joyce Ann Hoke of Wichita, two sons Robert LeRoy Lord of Andover, Kan., and Michael Ray Lord and his wife Janet Leigh of Tazewell, Tenn., four sisters Norma Salisbury of Howard, Ruth Preston of Newton, Kan., Dorothy Walta of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Sue Wacker of Leavenworth, Kan., two brothers Fred Preston of Howard, and Dennis Preston of Newton, Kan., five grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Dean Preston and Orvan Preston.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Interment was at Cresco Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coun-trysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - May 26, 2010

MR. WILLIAM C. LOVE

William Charles "Bill" Love, an 83 year old resident of Longton, passed away at his home Friday, May 21, 2010.

Born Oct. 5, 1926 in Pittsburg, Kan., Bill was the son of Charles Waterman, and Beulah (McNette) Love. He was a child of the Depression, and in October of 1943 at the age of 17 he joined the Navy. Bill served in the South Pacific campaign of World War II until April of 1946. He came home, and went to trade school in Coffeyville, where he became a certified pipe fitter/welder.

In 1947 Bill was united in marriage to Ramonda Browning and to this union seven children were born. He remarried in 1963 to Dorothy Boyer to this union two children were born.

Bill was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline. He was a member of The American Legion Post #149 in Howard as well. A proud member of the Steam Fitter/Pipe Fitter Union. He loved to fish, garden, and cut fire wood.

Friends and family will cherish several fond memories of Bill One such memory is, in parting he always said "take care." He expected respect from his children and loyalty from his friends, and always gave as much. He never stopped mentoring his family saying "Don't do the things I've done, but do what I tell you to do." He is survived by two daughters Linda Dieter of Augusta and Jodi Love of Mannford, Okla.; four sons James Love of Longton, Tony Love of Howard, William Love Jr. of Peru, and Joseph Love of Longton; two sisters Teresa Tajchman of Ramona, Kan., and Joan Barton of Wichita, 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren on the way.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Peggy Cox, two sons Russell Love and Steve Love, sisters Freda Glover and Winifred Simon and one brother Benjamin Love.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 26 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to Food For The Poor and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - September 29, 2010

MR. JOE R. LOVELL

Joe Randy Lovell, age 51, a longtime resident of Udall, Kan. passed away Friday, Sept. 24. 2010, at his residence Elk Falls following an illness.

Randy Lovell was born Aug. 28, 1959, in Athens, Ala., to E N. and Magdalene (Abies) Lovell. He graduated high school in Fayelteville, Tenn. He worked as a painter and drywall contractor.

He was a bluegrass and gospel musician, a regular at th Walnut Valley Festival and the Fish House in Sedan.

Survivors of Joe Randy Lovell include: sons, Russell Lovel of Rock, Kan., and Lyndon Lovell of Udall, Kan.; his father, E. N Lovell of Gardendale, Ala.; two sisters, Beth Lovell Staggs and Hope Lovell Fleming, both of Lewisburg, Tenn,; two brothers Phillip 'Bama' Lovell and his wife Terrie of Elk Falls, and Eddie Lovell of Toney, Ala.; three grandchildren, Sahian, Camden, and Corigan. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Cremation has taken place and services will be announced at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 N Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361. To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh com. David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.


December 1995

DR. PAUL A. LOVETT

WICHITA— Dr. Paul A. Lovett, 86, of Wichita, retired orthopedic surgeon, died Sunday.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Havana Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Plymouth Congregational Church or Ihe Kansas Society for Crippled Children. They may be directed to Downing & Lahey Mortuary in Wichita.

Dr. Lovett was born Dec. 7, 1909 in Neodesha, to Logan and Rebecca (Williams) Lovett. He was a former superintendent of the Longton and Havana high schools, a member of Rotary International, Plymouth Congregational Church, and numerous medical and orthopedic associations. He was an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physican for many athletes in the Wichita area.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine (Powell} Lovett; a son, Philip Lovelt, Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Nancy Graham, Wichita; two sisters, Faith Mock, Canon City, Colo., and Vena Kaufman, Klnsington, Md.; and four grandchildren.


September 1991

MRS. OPAL A. LOWE

Opal A. Lowe, 81, of Winfield, died September 2, 1991 at Heritage House.

Born September 10, 1909, near Howard, she was the daughter of Oscar and Minnie (Bowser) Highsmith.

She graduated from Severy High School, received her nurse’s training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Winfleld and graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita in 1932.

On October 29, 1932, she married Carol L. Lowe in Hutchinson.

Lowe worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital until its closing and later at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Wheat Road Nursing Home and nursing homes in Greensburg and Leavenworth. Lowe was a member of the Tisdale United Methodist Church, Kansas Nursing Association and St. Francis Alumni Association for Nurses. She was a 4-H leader at Floral during the 1950s.

Survivors include her husband, Carol, of the home; a daughter, Barbara J. Hartpence of Wichita; a brother, Howard Highsmith of Topeka; two sisters, Ann Phillips of Winfield and Ada Highsmith of Howard; six grandchildren and three great-grndchildren.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 6, 1991 in the Tisdale United Methodist Church, with burial in New Salem Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Tisdale United Methodist Church.


The Winfield Daily Courier - July 7, 2006

MRS. M. LUCILLE LOYD - Submitted by L. Morgan

MOLINE-- M. Lucille Loyd, 88, longtime resident of Moline, died July 4, 2006, in the Hynes Hospice Center at Via Christi Regional Medical Center--St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Moline. Pastor Tim Adams will officiate. Burial will be in Moline Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard until 9 this evening.

A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Loyd was born April 2, 1918, at Deerfield, Mo., to Robert and Gracie Mae (Williams) Moore. She moved with her parents to Sedan at an early age and attended Sedan schools.

On July 21, 1934, she and Giles Perry Loyd married at Pawhuska, Okla., and to this union were born three children, Larry, Michael and Sharlyn. Her daughter, Sharlyn, died at the age of two years and 22 days on Dec. 16, 1951. After her daughter's death, Loyd was employed as head cook in the Moline school system for eight years.

She then became an insurance representative for Royal Neighbors of America. In 1965, she and her husband moved their family to Nebraska where she was appointed field manager of sales for Royal Neighbors.

In 1970 the family returned to Kansas, and she remained active in the Royal Neighbors organization. She retired on Jan. 1, 1891, after suffering a heart attack. Her husband died on Jan. 6, 2003.

Loyd was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Moline and the Royal Neighbors of America.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Loyd of Mulvane, and Michael Loyd, Moline; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.


Wichita Eagle - February 24, 1986

MR. ROBERT D. LUKE - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

Fredonia: Robert David Luke, 57, mechanic, died Friday. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Timmons Funeral Home, Fredonia, Kansas.

Survivors: wife, Veva; son, Lawrence of Bonner Springs; daughters, Roberta Peirce of Fort Scott, Connie Nave of Fredonia; brothers, Jimmie Wilson of Coffeyville, Harry Luke of Oklahoma City, Gene McConnaughey of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister, Gwendolyn Hastings of Derby; five grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.


Independence Reporter - February 7, 2007

MRS. VEVA M. LUKE

Fredonia - Veva M. Luke, 73, Fredonia, died Thursday at Windsor Place, Coffeyville.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Timons Funeral Home Chapel, Fredonia, with Rev. Gene Benefiel of the Burton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cresco Cemetery near Howard.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Memorial are suggested to Alzheimer's Foundation and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left with the funeral home.

Mrs. Luke was born Aug. 19, 1933 near Elk Falls to Henry J. and Ida Mae Graham Belter.

On March 5, 1951 in Miami, Okla. she married Robert D. Luke and he died in 1956. She worked as a cook and custodian in the Fredonia school district. She was a member of the Eagles in Fredonia and M.D.U.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence Luke of Bonner Springs, two daughters, Roberta Peirce and Connie Ogle of Fredonia; one brother, Jimmie Beller of South Coffeyville, Okla.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper - 1972

MR. PAUL A. LYNAM - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Paul A. Lynam, of Independence, died Thursday night in a Tulsa hospital after a long illness. He was 61.

Mr. Lynam worked for ANCO Manufacturing and Supply in Tulsa and lived in Independence.

He was born in Elk County on Oct. 12, 1910, and he married Martha (Albers) Lynam on Nov. 24, 1967.

Survivors include his wife, Martha, of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth Bantz of Howard; three stepson, Daryl Mott and William Mott of Wichita, and Timothy Mott, Grand Island, Neb.; and two stepdaughters Marcia Burchfield of Neodesha and Gloria Meadows, Independence. Mr. Lynam is also survived by one brother, Ralph Lynam, Moline, three sisters, Edith Durbin and Grace Derby of Moline and Rena Robinson, Wichita; eight granddaughters and one grandson.

Mr. Lynam was a member of the Methodist Church in Moline, and the Masonic Lodge in Electra, Tex.

Services were held Sunday afternoon in the Watt Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Brown of the Howard Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Moline Cemetary.


The Moline Advance - January 17, 1929

MR. RICHARD L. LYNAM - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Richard Lee, son of Richard and Sally Lynam, was born in Bath county, Kentucky, August 26, 1836, and departed this life, January 14, 1929, at the home of his daughter Mrs. J. W. Gault, in Howard.

He grew to manhood in Kentucky and on July 17, 1854, was united in marriage with Mary Jane Anderson. To this union were born nine children, six of whom with his wife preceded him to the better world.

Those left to mourn his departure are Mrs. J. W. Gault, of Howard, William A. of Columbus, Ohio, and John of Moline, Kansas, besides his grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

In 1878 he came with his family to Kansas, locating near Valley Center, where he resided for four years. In 1882 he removed his family to Mercer county, Missouri, residing there a few years, returning to Kansas about 30 years ago, since which time he has resided in Elk county. Since his wife's death, thirteen years ago he has made his home with his son at Moline and his daughter at Howard. At the age of 20 years he was converted and joined the Methodist church of which he was a faithful member. In his younger days he took active part in all church work, acting as class leader and superintendent of Sunday school. In his last years he has suffer much but bore his affliction with patience until Jesus called him home. H was a loving husband and father, and honest friend and loved by all who knew him.

Burial service were held at the M. E. church in Howard and interment in Moline cemetery. The pallbearers were his grandson and great grandsons.---HOWARD CITIZEN


Unknown Newspaper - May 8, 1972

MR. IRVIN L. LYONS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Irvin Lawrence Lyons, 88, of Elk Falls died May 8 at Sedan City Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Elk Falls Christian Church with the Rev. Jon Ward officiating. Burial was in the Elk Falls Cemetery under the direction of Watt Funeral Home.

Irvin Lawrence Lyons was born Dec. 12, 1883, at Scranton, Kan., the son of William D. and Winnie (Smith) Lyons. He was a retired Telephone company owner and previously had worked in the oil fields.

He married Orva Beverlin at Howard may 12, 1929 and she survives at the home.

Also surviving is a sister, Miss Ida Lyons, Lawrence, Ks.

Mr. Lyon was a member of the Elk Falls Christian Church, Meridian Lodge Mo. 126 AF&AM of Elk Falls, and Royal Arch of Independence.


Howard Courant - December 5, 1940

MR. LYFORD F. LYON - Submitted by L. Morgan

Lyford Francis Lyon was born on the family homestead near Eureka, Kansas on September 26, 1871 and departed this life at his home in Howard, Kansas on November 27, 1940, age 69 years, two months and one day.

He was the eldest son of D.E. and Ida Lyon.

Mr. Lyon was united in marriage to Dora L. Goodnight in 1906 and lived in Eureka for five years, where he was in business. He and his family moved to Howard in 1911 where he continued in business for 28 years, retiring a year ago because of ill health.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, who passed away in 1932.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one daughter, Mabel Lyon Rettig of Grants Pass, Oregon and one son, Gerald L. Lyon of Howard, Kansas, one brother, Leslie of Eureka, Kansas, three sisters; Mrs. Grace Burt of San Jose, California, Mrs. Alta Thomas of San Francisco, California and Mrs. Ora Sluder of Wichita, Kansas, a number of other relatives, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held from the Moon Funeral Home at Howard, Kansas on Friday, November 29, 1940 at 2:30 p.m., L.V. Osborne, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Mrs. A.T. Ayres, solist, was accompanied by Mrs. Noel Mullendore. Interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


Howard Courant - March 2, 1911

MR. JOSIAH U. LYSTER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Josiah U. Laster, the son of Cornelius and Elizabeth Laster was born in Mercer county, Kentucky October 10, 1818 and departed this life in Elk Falls, Kansas, February 24, 1911 at 5:30 p.m.

In 1830 his parents moved to Johnson county Indiana, where they lived to a ripe old age. Two sisters and a brother, children of this couple still reside there.

It was here that Mr. Laster was united in marriage to Miss Jane Wallace, April 2, 1840. To this union were born nine children, two dying in infancy, William died November 16, 1910. Mrs. Laster died May 26, 1910. Three sons and three daughters survive the father and mother and were at Mr. Lyster's bedside in his last illness assisting in caring for him, and were all present at the funeral service as were also quite a number of relatives.

Descending from this couple and their children are 36 grand children, 38 great grand children and 5 great great grandchildren nearly all of whom are still living. Mr. Laster was very fond of these children and Mr. and Mrs. Lyster's home was always open to them.

Mr. Laster became a Christian in early life. Soon after their marriage, he and his wife united with the Christian church. For seventy years they walked side by side. No wonder Mr. Laster missed her so much after her death. This aged couple were highly esteemed in the community. They lived here thirty five years. Mr. Laster was know far and wide as a man of integrity, upright in his walk and conversation. The funeral was well attended. It was held in the Christian church conducted by Rider Newton Hill assisted by Rev. John A. Pyatt, pastor of the M. E. church. Mrs. J. A. _________ was in charge of the music. The entire service was as requested by Mr. Laster and was a fitting tribute to his memory.


Howard Courant-Citizen - November 18, 1965

MRS. LULU G. LYSTER - Submitted by L. Morgan

Lula Gale Henry, the first child of William C. and Emma E. Henry, was born at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, July 19, 1889. She departed this life at her home in Howard, Kansas, at the age of 76 years, 4 months and 16 days.

while yet a small child, she moved with her parents to a farm near Hamilton, Kansas. There she attended the grade school of Hamilton and the high school of Eureka. She taught one term in Greenwood county.

She joined church at an early age and ever remained true to her early vows.

She was married to William C. Lyster on February 23, 1908. To this union five children were born, three girls and two boys.

In 1918, the W.C. Lyster family moved into the Antioch neighborhood, where they joined the Antioch Methodist church. She was a loyal and dependable worker in the activities of the church and the community activities as long as she lived. She was a member of the Howard Methodist church at the time of her passing.

Any organization to which she belonged was always sure to have the best of her ability and untiring efforts when a job was to be done. Some of the latest organizations to which she belonged were the WSCS, the Auxiliary, and the East Side Quilting club.

Lula, as she was known, was a friend to everyone and a strength to anyone in need. She was never too busy to lend a helping hand. Her family was her life, love, and happiness when she had them around her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hope Dobson; two brothers, Clyde and Ollie and two of her daughters, Wilma and Denzil.

She leaves to cherish her great kindnesses and lasting love, her husband, Will; one daughter, Melba, and son-in-law Norman May, Cottonwood Falls; two sons, Gale and daughter-in-law Maxine, West Covina, California; Guy and daughter-in-law, Vera of Doncaster, England; two brothers and their families, Glen Henry of Michigan Valley and Wilford Henry of Ottawa, Kansas; a total of 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and an untold number of friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m., in the Howard Methodist church, with Arthur Frary officiating.

Concluding services and burial at Grace Lawn cemetery. Spurrier-Watt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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