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March 7, 2001 Sedan Times-Star

MRS. BETHEL RACKER

Bethel (Warren) Racker passed away Saturday, February 24, 2001, at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 7 days at her rural home south of Grenola, Kansas. She was born in Attica, Kansas to Clarence Earl and Ruby Ellen (Johnston) Warren on December 17, 1924.

After graduating from the Attica High School in June of 1942, she began teaching in a rural school south of Medicine Lodge on the Kansas/Oklahoma line, with a provisional teaching certificate, which was renewed each year after attending college for three summer months.

On Friday, October 13, 1944, she was united in marriage to Staff Sergeant Walter E. Racker, who had just returned from the South Central Pacific and was stationed at Strother Field at Winfield. To this union was born Bethel Ellen, Walter E., IV, Wayne E. and Warren E.

In June of 1967, she received her BA degree in education from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, followed by post graduate studies for an MA in special education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

She achieved a lifelong dream when she graduated from Marion Health Center at Sioux City. Iowa with a R.N diploma in June of 1983. Her first position as a Registered Nurse was charge nurse for both the intensive care and psychiatric units at the same time.

As a Chaplain minister’s wife, she helped her husband pastor churches and chapels in hospitals and prisons in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

The Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution were just two of the many professional and civic organizations to which she belonged.

In 1970, she obtained her pilots license, adding to it an instrument rating in her own 1946 antique airplane, which took her over seven years to rebuild at North Platte, Nebraska. Oddly enough, she never learned to drive an automobile, truck, tractor or lawn mower.

While in Minnesota, Bethel and her husband bought a dairy farm near Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, but since Kansas was always home, when they retired they bought a ranch in Chautauqua County, south of Grenola, Kansas.

After serving rural churches in Cowley, Elk and Chautauqua Counties for three years. the Belknap Community Church called them, where they have been serving the Lord and His good folks for the past fourteen years.

On January 2, 2001, Bethel and her husband celebrated 52 years in the ministry and the week of their 56th Wedding Anniversary, October 13, 2001, she was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer.

Bethel was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Bethel Ellen Pifer and a son. Wayne E. Racker.

She is survived by her husband, Reverend Walter E. Racker of Grenola, her sons, Walter E. Racker, IV, Tecumseh, KS, Warren E. Racker, Daykin, NE, John Warren, Woodville, WA and Mark Warren, Redmond, WA, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.


Sedan Times-Star - Wednesday, November 15, 2000

MR. WILLIAM F. RACKER

William Fredrick Racker passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2000, at his home in Grenola, Kansas. He was 78 years of age. William was born on June 5, 1922 at Wallingford, Connecticut to Walter Emil and Olive Melvina (Curtis) Racker. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Wallingford community.
In November of 1941, he entered the United States Army Air Corps and served his country during World War II. William was injured in an accident at Luke Field, Arizona that resulted in a life-long disability. He received a medical discharge in November of 1943 and returned to Wallingford, CT.
William was employed as a Mechanic and Welder during most of his life. He made his home in Connecticut until the late 1980’s when he moved to Grenola, Kansas to be near his brother.
William was a member of the Carter-Rader American Legion Post #149, at Howard Kansas and the Grenola United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his brothers, Rev. Walter E. Racker of Grenola and Alfred O. Racker of Cottonwood, AZ. his sisters, Emily Wheeler of Wichita and Olive Hubbard of Cottonwood. AZ. His parents and a sister, Evalena Dearborn preceded him in death.
Grave side services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday November 10, 2000, at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola with Rev. Don Foster of the Grenola United Methodist Church officiating. Carter-Rader American Legion Post #149 conducted military graveling services. A memorial has been established with the Grenola United Methodist Church, Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - December 11, 2013

MR. JIM RADCLIFF

Jim Radcliff, age 72, a resident of Moline and Wichita, Kan., passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Moline.

He was born on June 8, 1941 in Oak Grove, La., the son of A.G. and Mary (Lebrum) Radcliff.

Jim joined the Army after school and served in Vietnam. While there he received a citation as a marksman. He was honorably discharged in June of 1966.

Jim later worked as a painter, and in his spare time loved to hunt and spend time with his dogs. He also enjoyed to dance which is how he met his wife Barbara.

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara of the home; two daughters, Rose Ann and Shannon; brothers, Jessie Radcliff and Eugene Radcliff both of Wichita; sisters, Shirley Cole of Diggins, Mo., Nadine Huff of Little Rock, Ark., and Gertrude Pike of Centerton, Ark.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers A. G. Radcliff, Jr., Joe Radcliff, and sisters Rosie Radcliff and Claudine Echols.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, Howard, Kan.


Prairie Star - November 9, 2011

MR. BILLY C. RADER

Billy Chois “Bill” Rader, age 84, a resident of Howard, Kansas passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. He was born in Howard on April 20, 1927 the son of Fred Lyle and Hazel Marie (Hasty) Rader.

During World War II, Bill served in the United States Navy. On September 8, 1951 Bill was united in marriage to Katheryn "Kate" Shanks in Moline, Kansas. Bill was a farmer and rancher and he worked on the pipeline, oil drilling and also worked for Boeing Aircraft. He was a member of the Howard United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Bill was also a member of the Carter Rader Post #149 American Legion, Severy Co-op, Elk County Conservation Board and Extension Council Board.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years Kate Rader of Howard, Kansas, two sisters Evelyn Passauer of Independence, Kansas and Shirley Winn of Howard, Kansas and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Marie Scott and Gyda Rader, two brothers Robert L. Rader and Jackson L.“J. L.” Rader.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Howard United Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Cryderman and Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family suggests contributions be made to the Carter Rader Post #149 American Legion or 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, Kansas.


January 1996

MRS. ERMA L. RADER

Erma Letitia Rader, 83, of Piedmont, died Saturday, January 20, 1996, at Via-Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born May 17, 1912, at Brooklyn, Iowa, the daughter of Glen William and Levinia Elizabeth (Wylie) Beery. She attended school in Iowa before moving to Winfield with her family. She was a 1930 graduate of Winfield High School.

On January 3, 1932, Letitia was united in marriage to Chois Elmer Rader at Winfield. They lived in the Winfield and Keighley areas before moving to the Ivanpah community northwest of Eureka in 1937. In 1958, they moved to Plainvilie where they remained until retiring and moving to Howard in 1969.

Letjtia was a member of the Piedmont United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include daughters, Charlene French of Beaumont and Elizabeth Lockhart of Towanda; brother, Ronald Beery of Winfield; sisters, Darlene Rundle of Phoenix, Ariz., and Leretha Teter of Bartlesville, Okla.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chois on March 9, 1971, parents and a grandson, Chois Lockhart.

Funeral services were held January 23 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Rev. John Collins of the Piedmont United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard.

A memorial has been established in her name with the Piedmont United Methodist Church. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.


Prairie Star - February 1991

MR. JACK B. RADER

Jack B. Rader, 64, of Lawrence, Kansas died on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1991 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He apparently died after complications from heart surgery that was performed last week. He was born on Sept. 12, 1926 in Howard, Kansas the son of Alexander Rader and Ruth Buchanan Rader.

Mr. Rader was a retired test pilot for the U. S. Navy and had lived in Lawrence since 1970 when he and his wife moved here from Patuxent River, Maryland. At the time of his death, he was the Senior Investor and Trust Officer for the Lawrence National Bank in Lawrence. He was a graduate of the Univ. of Kansas with B.S. in Business Administration and later a M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. He was also a graduate of the National Trust School at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois.

During Mr. Rader's twenty six year career in the U.S. Navy, he served in both the Korean and Vietman wars. He retired as a Commander and had served as an attack and fighter pilot in both wars and later served as a Flight Instructor at the Naval Air Basic Training School. In 1965, he attended and graduated from the Armed Forces as Director and Assistant Director of the Service Test Division, Naval Air Test Center. During his illustrious career he was awarded the following decorations: the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with four stars, two Navy Commendation medals,the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with seven stars, United Nations Service Medal and many others.

Mr. Rader was active in many local civic activities. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and was the immediate-past Moderator of the congregation and had served on the Executive Building Committee. He also was a member of the Forum Club of Lawrence and the Lawrence Noon Kiwanis Club where he served as president and program chairman. He was a member of the American Heart Association Board in Douglas County where he had seved as Treasurer, he served on the Board of the United Way of Douglas County where he was a past drive chairman, he was on the Leadership Lawrence Board of Trustees, he was^ a boardmember of Junior Achievement of Lawrence and had also served on the Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Commission. His other civic activities include membership in the Williams Education Fund at K. U., the K-Club at K.U., he was the assistant treasurer of the Douglas County Development Inc. and as active in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, the Economic Development Committee and had served on the Downtown Development Task Force.

He was married to the former Lawrene Danzey on March 29, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida. She survives of the home. He is also survived by two daughters, Lee Rader of Scarsdale, New York, Melissa Little of Evanston Illinois, a son Mark A. Rader of Hayward, California, his mother, Ruth Rader of Ottawa, Kansas, two sisters, Marian Alderman and Virginia Lloyd both of Ottawa,Kansas and a grandson.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6,1991 at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence with Pastor Jonathan Knight the Officiant. Burial followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. The family suggests memorials in his name to the Plymouth Congregational Church or to the Douglas County Heart Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of the Warren-McEIwain Mortuary in Lawrence.


May 1995

MR. PAUL R. RADER

Paul Ralph Rader passed away Friday, May 26, 1995 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. He was 66 years of age. Paul was born July 24, 1928 in Elk County, Kansas to Charley and Ruth C. (Lauffer) Rader. He attend rural school and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1946. After serving in the United States Army, Paul returned to the family farm near Piedmont.

On (June) 22, 1969 he married Jennie Marie Lewis at Harrison, AR., and to this union was born a daughter, Paula Kay. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family. Paul remained a devoted farmer and a resident of Elk County, throughout his life.

Paul attended the United Methodist Church in Piedmont, during his childhood.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie, his daughter Paula Kay Rader of Winfield, two step-sons, Jerry Karraker of Piedmont and Johnny Karraker of Emporia, two step-daughters, Debra Wood of Wichita, and Connie Riggs of Madison, his mother Ruth Rader of Eureka, two sisters, Arlene Conners of Wichita, and Louise Shumate of Cedar Point, ten grandchildren and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 1995 at the Zimmennan Funeral Home in Howard with Rev. Lynn Sifirt of the United Methodist Church of Eureka officiating. Madge Hebb was the organist with Jeleane Benest Osborn singing “In The Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” The casket bearers were Dale Brenner, Lloyd Campbell, Skip Encell, Leroy Jordan, Bill Rader and Ron Scott. Interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. A memorial has been established with the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. The funeral arrangement were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


March 1897

MRS. SARAH RAMBO - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Sarah Staybaugh was born in Adams county Pennsylvania, February 10, 1824. Died, march 14, 1897. Aged 73 years, 1 month, 14 days. At the age of ten years, she with her parents moved to Richland county Ohio. When 22 years old she was married to Moses Rambo. Seven children were born to them, three of whom died in infancy. Her husband, three sons and one daughter still live to mourn the loss of wife and mother. In early life she was a member of the Lutheran church but in later years she united with the M. E. church.

She lived a devoted Christian life. Her last illness was a very painful one and death came as a release. The funeral took place from the M. E. church Tuesday morning, conducted by the writer.

I am requested to tender the thanks of the bereaved family to the many friends who so kindly assisted them during the illness and at the burial of the deceased. - N. Hill


Prairie Star - June 15 2011

MRS. BONITA E. RAMSEY

Bonita Ellen Ramsey, age 87, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Howard Twilight Manor in Howard.

She was born In Fall River, on Nov. 4, 1923 the daughter of Frank Van Huron and Lillie May (Wormington) Knight.

On July 10, 1945 Bonita was united in marriage to Lloyd J. Justice in Howard and he preceded her in death. She then married Homer Ramsey and. he also preceded her in death.

She resided in Idaho for 50 years. She moved to Kansas in 2000 after the death of her husband, Homer Ramsey. Bonita was a member of the Moiine Christian Church.

Bonita is survived by her daughters Judy Owens of Jerome, Idaho and Beverly Roebuck of Moline; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Knight and Betty Knight, seven grandchildren, fifteen greatgrandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son Arthur Justice, one daughter Lucille Justice, four brothers Ernie Knight, Cleve Knight, Floyd Knight and Winford Knight and two sisters Bernice Fiscus and Bertha Baumgartel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 14 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Interment followed at Moiine Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to Flint Hills Assembly of God, Hospice Care of Kansas or Moiine Christian Church and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Homo of Howard.


May 1992

MR. NOEL J. RAMSEY

Noel Jason Ramsey, 81, of Bentley, died May 31, 1992. He was born on Jan. 20, 1910 south of Bentley to Jim and Nellie Ramsey. He grew up in the Bentley community. On Oct. 23, 1928 he married Beulah Winters. He was a farmer and rancher all his life. He had farmed in the Eureka and Cedar Vale areas. Later he was a land investor.

He attended the Bentley Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah, of the home and two daughters, Betty (Mrs. John Bayless) who lives at Stillwater, Okla., and Barbara (Mrs. Arnold Maner) of Louisburg, Md.; six grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; and one sister, Jaunita O'Dell of Longton.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and an adopted son, Christopher.


Prairie Star - March 30, 2011

MR. HORACE R. RANKIN

Roger Rankin

Horace "Roger" Rankin, age 74, a resident of Longton passed away Tuesday. March 29, 2011 at his home. He was born on May 23, 1936 in Elk City, Kansas the son of Horace Cline "Pony" and Madge Inez (Crowell) Rankin.

Family members said Mr. Rankin had been recently ill, suffering from the effects of a brain tumor. His wife Ammie said Roger was able to stay at home during his illness and do all the things he enjoyed doing.

Roger was a school administrator in Missouri and Kansas for many years. He served as both principal and superintendent for Elk Valley School District in Longton before his retirement. On March 3. 1994 Roger was united in marriage to Ammie Elaine Dougherty in Longton. Roger was a member of the Longton Community Christian Church, Hope Lodge #155 AF & AM in Howard, Lions Club, Elk's Lodge, Optimist Club, Rolan, Kansas and Missouri Secondary Principal's Association and ISA Administrator member.

Roger is survived by his wife Ammie of Longton, one son Chris Rankin of Raymore, Mo, two daughters: Cherrelle Valentini of Kansas City, Mo., and Cathy Coppes of Chandler, Ariz., three step-daughters: Mary Love of Longton, LeeAnn Beem of Longton, and Tina Jackson of Crown Point, Indi., one sister Elaine Rankin of Winfield, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Pony and Madge, one brother Richard Rankin and one granddaughter Angelina Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Elk Valley High School Gymnasium in Longton, with Pastor David Sanchez officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

Interment will follow with Masonic rites will be at the Longton Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to either the Longton Historical Society or the Elk County Ministerial Alliance 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.


July 30, 2008

MRS. MADGE I. RANKIN - Submitted by Patti

Madge Inez Rankin 1912 - 2008
Madge Inez Rankin died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Village in Winfield, Kan. She was 96 years of age and the mother of Elaine (Rankin) Henderson who taught social studies in Craig Middle School from 1977 until 1991.

Madge was born Jan. 24, 1912, on a farm north of Longton to Bruce Henry and Oma (Flesher) Crowell. She moved with her family to Parker, S.D., at an early age and attended school in the Parker community.

Madge lived in Mississippi before returning to Kansas, where she lived in the Oak Valley area. On May 25, 1934, she married Horace Cline “Pony” Rankin in Elk City, Kan., and to this union was born a daughter, Elaine, and two sons, Roger and Richard. They operated a ranch near Elk City for several years before moving to a ranch north of Busby, Kan. Her husband, Pony, preceded her in death March 21, 1961. Madge moved into Longton in 1965 and made her home there until entering Good Samaritan in 2005.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served many years as a 4-H leader. Madge attended the Christian Community Church of Longton, Kan.

She is survived by her sons, Roger Rankin and Richard Rankin, both of Longton, Kan.; her daughter, Elaine Rankin of Winfield; her brother, Glen Crowell, of Independence, Kan.; her sister, Ruth Ballenger of Humboldt, Kan., eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2008 at the Christian Community Church of Longton with Pastor Dave Sanchez and Mike Dershem officiating. Interment will be at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kan.

Memorials have been established with the Longton Historical Society, Longton Christian Community Church, Winfield Public Library and the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - February 24, 2010

MR. RICHARD K. RANKIN

Richard Karl Rankin, age 70, a farmer/stockman and resident of Longton, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

He was born on April 17,1939 in Elk City, the son of Horace Cline "Pony" Rankin and Madge Inez (Crowell) Rankin.

Richard graduated valedictorian from Longton High School in 1956 and received his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University in 1961 and his Masters degree from Ernporia State University in 1970.

On Aug. 4, 1963, Richard was united in marriage to Avanelle Ficklin of Coffeyville, at the First Baptist Church in Howard. For the next 10 years he farmed and worked as a social science teacher for Moline and Longton High Schools, eventually serving as guidance counselor for Elk Valley High School.

After leaving the teaching field, Richard took great enjoyment in continuing with his farming and taking care of his cattle. Richard served on the Longton Elevator and Longton Cemetery boards. In 1960, he was one of three students from the state of Kansas selected by the International Farm Youth Exchange Program to spend several months in Brazil. In 1992, Richard was one of five people from a nine-state area (and the only Kansan) selected by the Rotary Club to be Goodwill Ambassadors to Argentina.

Richard is survived by his wife Avanelle of Longton, two sons, Richard Karl Rankin II and wife Sheila, of Warrensburg, Mo., Rustin Kent Rankin and wife Jeanne, of Fredonia, and one daughter, Sarah Annette (Rankin) Combellick and husband Preston, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one brother Roger Rankin and wife Ammie, of Longton, one sister Elaine Rankin and husband Carl Schultz, of Winfield, nine grandchildren: Riley, Maggie, Richard III, and Abby Rankin; Reed, Ryan and Jeannette Rankin; Dylan and Kaden Combellick; and his faithful canine companion, Bailey Karl Rankin.

He was preceded in death by his parents Pony and Madge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Elk Valley High School gymnasium in Longton, with Pastor Dave Sanchez of the Community Christian Church officiating. Interment will be at the Longton Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Longton Free Fair Association 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.


The Elk County Reporter January 1972

MR. CHARLES F. RARICK - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Obit-RARICK, Charles F.-1972 Charles F. Rarick, son of William P. Rarick and Lydia Stepler, was born June 13, 1890 in Republic County, Kan., and departed this life Jan. 16, 1972 at his home in Dallas, Tex.

The Rarick family moved to Moline when Charlie was a small boy.

Josehine Krohn and he were united in marriage at Topeka, Kan. In 1914 and to this union two children were born.

Charlie served the Moline Community as a rural mail carrier for forty-one years, and operated the Rarick Mortuary for 25 years. They moved to Dallas, in 1958.

His survivors are: his wife, Josephine; one son, Charles of Dallas; one daughter, Dorothy Trotter of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Kimzey of Wichita, and Miss Lavina Rarick of Howard; two grandsons, Dennis Trotter and Jack Nelson and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 19 in the Watt Funeral Home in Moline with Rev. Monroe Vaughn officiating. Interment was in Moline Cemetery.


The Moline Advance - March 7, 1929

MR. JOSEPH RARICK - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Joseph Rarick was born in Ontario, Canada, December 8, 1880, and departed this life February 26, 1929, at his home near Howard, Kansas, at the age of 49 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He left there when a child and resided in Republic County, Kansas, till the age of twenty, when he moved to Wetmore, Nemaha County, Kansas.

He was married October 16, 1906, to Dorothy E. Geyer of Wetmore, Kansas, and after residing four years at Wetmore, moved to Howard, Elk County, Kansas, where he was living at the time of his death.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife and one son, Geyer, age 17; also four sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Mary Adams, Howard, Mrs. Pearl Daugherty, Wichita, LaVina Rarick and Mrs. Edna Kimsey of Howard, Newton Rarick, Ottawa, Charles, Walter and Arthur Rarick of Moline; also thirteen nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends who will mourn his passing. He was a kind, loving husband and father and a fine neighbor.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, February 28, 1929, at 2:00 p. m.; conducted by Rev. Jean Ware of Iola and interment was made in the Gracelawn cemetery at Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - May 22, 2002

MR. SAMUEL RAWDON

Samuel Craig Rawdon, age 57, a resident of Longton, Kan., died Friday, May 17, 2002, at his home. He was born December 9, 1944 in Detroit, Mich., the son of James A. and Susie May (Cantrell) Rawdon. He grew up in Weatherford, Okla. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 1962 and entered the U. S. Marine Corps, in which he served until 1965. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1968.

On April 12, 1968 in Hinton, Okla., he married Linda Burkhalter. She survives at the home.

In 1968, Sam began a long career in education at Ulysses, Kan. as a speech and debate teacher and continued in that same capacity at Wichita Heights High School in Wichita from 1970-74.

During that time, he earned a Master’s Degree from Wichita State University, for which he taught part-time. He spent the next eight years as an instructor and later as an administrator in higher education at Coffeyville Community College and Marymount College of Salina in 1981, he began his career as a public school administrator as Coldwater High School Principal in Coldwater, Kan. In 1988, he received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Kansas State University. In 1989, Rawdon became principal of Scott Community High School in Scott City, Kan., where he remarried until 1994. For the next four years, he was superintendent of schools at USD #328 in Lorraine, Kan. He spent the last three years of his career as superintendent of USD #283 in Longton.

He was a member of the Community Christian Church in Longton.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, Linda, two daughters, Mindy Weixelman and her husband, David, Olathe, Kan., Alexa Rawdon, Longton, Kan., his mother, Susie Rawdon, Weatherford, Okla., one brother, James Rawdon, III and his wife, Glenda, Kansas City, Kan., and three nephews, Brent Rawdon, Kansas City, Kan., Bruce Rawdon, Del Rio, Texas and Page Rawdon, Parkville, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father and his son, Zachary.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, Kan., with Pastor Dave Sanchez of the Community Christian Church of Longton officiating.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Elk Valley School Gymnasium in Longton. Memorials are suggested to the Community Christian Church in Longton, the Elk Valley Schools Secret Garden Project in Longton and the KSU Foundation Leadership Scholarship Fund and may be sent to the funeral home.

Timmons Funeral Home, Box 168, Fredonia, KS 66736 is in charge of the arrangements.


February 1991

MISS CARRIETTA RECH

Carrietta Rech, 86, a retired government worker who was a native of Howard, died Feb. 27 in Sarasota, Fl., while on vacation from her home in Arlington, Va.

Miss Rech was the daughter of the late Henry and Robirta Clifton Rech. She attended local schools and Kansas State Normal College. After graduation she taught in Kansas and at the Indian School in Pipestone, Mn. In the early 1930s she went to Washington, D. C., to work for the Soil Conservation Service in the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Later she was an administrative assistant for the Farm Credit Administration. She retired in the early 1970s.

She was a world traveler and a gardener. With her sister Edna R. Cartlidge, also of Arlington, she made annual visits to Howard.

Funeral services were held in Arlington March 4. In addition to her sister, survivors include two cousins, Ruth Osborne and Ruby Harvey of Howard.


The Winfield Courier - June 26, 2006

MR. EDWARD M. REDD - Submitted by L. Morgan

INDEPENDENCE —Edward Maxfield Redd, 69, former Howard and Moline resident, died June 21, 2006 at his home in Independence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Pastor Gary Boles officiating. Private interment will be at the Moline Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Wichita. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.

Redd was born Oct. 20, 1936 to Edward Wayne and Dorothy Nadine (Weldon) Redd in Morland, Okla. He attended schools in the Moorland area.

On June 23, 1954, he married Frances May Boxford in Clovis, N.M. Redd was a career military man, retiring after 20-years of service with the United States Air Force. His career in the Air Force took him and his family throughout the United States and he served some overseas tours. In 1975, the couple made the decision to retire, selecting Howard to become their hometown. They later lived in Moline until Frances preceded him in death on June 5, 2002.

He later married Georgina Marie Earle on May 17, 2003 at Moline.

Survivors include his wife, Georgina Earle-Redd, of Independence; four sons, Lee Redd, Elk City, Okla., Mackie Redd, Paulden, Ariz., Jeffery Redd, Weleeka, Okla, and Phillip Redd, Syracuse; a daughter, Nadine Redd, Prairie Village; a brother, Burnette Redd, Black Rock, Ark.; sisters, Betty Smith, Moline, and Helen Scroggins and Peggy Cariker, both of Marysville, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and two-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances.


Sedan Times-Star - June 12, 2002

MRS. FRANCES REDD

Frances May Redd passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at her home near Moline. She was 66 years of age and a longtime resident of the Moline community. Frances was born on May 9, 1936 at Spearman, Texas to Aubrey A. and Jennie M. (Matthews) Boxford. She attended schools and grew to womanhood in Texas and Oklahoma.

On June 23, 1954, she mamed Edward Maxfield Redd at Clovis, N.M. and to this union were born four sons, Lee, Mackie, Phillip and Jeff and one daughter, Nadine. Frances and Ed lived in Oklahoma and other places where Ed was stationed with the military before moving to Elk County in 1975.

She was a devoted wife and mother and was employed at Howard Twilight Manor for several years. Frances enjoyed collecting and making clothes for Barbie dolls. She also devoted many hours to creating crafts, crocheting and making quilts for her family.

She is survived by her husband, Ed, her sons, Lee, Sayre, Okla., Mackie, Udall, Kan., Phillip, Sedan, Kan., and Jeff, Weleetka, Okla., her daughter, Nadine Redd, Kansas City, Kan., a brother, Kenneth Matthews, Luficin, Texas, her sisters, Audrey Dwyer, Colorado Springs, Colo., Georgie Roedell, Newkirk, Okla., and Betty Morrison, Woodward, Okla., 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Lindley Boxford and Alfred Boxford.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Recorded selections were played of When the Last Leaves Fall and Close Your Eyes, written and sung by Mackie Redd. The casket bearers were Shane Brower, Austin Redd, Casey Redd, Douglas Redd, Lee Redd, Mackie Redd, Phillip Redd and Rodney Smith. Interment was held in the Moline Cemetery at Moline, Kan.

A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - January 1, 2014

MR. JEFFERY L. REDD

Jeffery Lynn Redd, age 53, was born on Oct. 23, 1960 to Edward and Frances Redd in Panama City, Fla.

Much of his life was spent in the care of the State of Oklahoma at the State School in Enid, Okla. At about the age of 21 he was transferred to the Rainbow Terrance Nursing Home in Weleetka, Okla., where the staff there became his family. He was loved and cared for by great staff of individuals that loved him as he was their own son. Jeff died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., after a brief illness and had his sister Nadine Redd by his side as he took his last breath, crossing over to be with his mother and father above in Heaven.

Jeff was preceded by his parents Frances Redd and Edward Redd.

Jeff leaves behind four siblings: three brothers, Lee Redd of Elk City, Okla.; Mackie Redd of Tucson, Ariz.; Phillip Redd of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and a sister Nadine Redd of Kansas City, Kan.

Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Moline Cemetery in Moline where he will be laid to rest next to his mother. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to a hospice of your choice and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home in Howard


The Moline Advance - October 30, 1913

MR. JAMES G. REDMAN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DEATH OF JAMES GRANVILLE REDMAN
Passed Away Wednesday, October 29
A Former Resident of This City Dies While Visiting His Son

James Granville Redman was born near Monticello, Wayne county, Kentucky, April 15, 1837. Died at the home of his son in this city October 28, 1913, aged 76 years, 6 month and 13 days.

He grew to manhood amid the valleys and mountains of his native state. His character was as pure and strong as the Southern breezes that blew around his Kentucky home. He was a man of more than ordinary intellect, and unusual energy and will power. He daunted at no difficulty, overcoming every obstacle. He was self educated, teaching at an early age to defray academic expenses, making the office of County Superintendent of public Instruction and other offices of honor and trust. At the age of 27 he came north to Iowa, and was engaged in the mercantile business at Kellogg for 20 years. In 1886 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Antle. To this union six children were given, three of whom are living: Mrs. James E. Durbin of Galesburg, Illinois, F. E. Redman of Elk Falls, Kansas, and T. B. Redman of this city. The mother departed this life in 1879 at Kellogg, Iowa.

At the age of 20 he experienced a bright conversion and united with the M. E. church at that time and ever after holding to its loving precepts and doctrines. He possessed a bright, sunny disposition, which the ravages of disease did not destroy.

In 1884 he was united in marriage to Lizzie Newhall, living for 32 years in the sunshine of this strong, abiding love. A few days ago he came from his home at Humansville, Mo., to visit his son in this city. He was taken suddenly and seriously ill and although everything that human hands could do, was done, yet medical aid and loving care could not withstand the progress of the Grim Reaper.

Death came so like a gentle slumber, that sweet repose that knows no awakening till the resurrection morn. Funeral services were held at the home of the son, Mr. T. B. Redman, Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. H. Sutton and the remains were laid to rest in Moline cemetery.


Prairie Star - April 22, 2009

MR. ARTHUR W. REDMOND

Arthur William "Bill" Redmond age 79 passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Dexter Care Center in Dexter. Bill was born in Howard on Nov. 12,1929, the eldest of twin boys to Bernadine Andrews Redmond and the late Fovost Faburn Redmond, who had passed away in September of that year.

Funeral services with Masonic Rites were held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Zimmerman Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Per Bill's wishes cremation followed.

Family suggests contributions to the Hope Lodge Essay Scholarship 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 of Howard.


Howard Courant - October 3, 1929

MR. FOREST F. REDMOND - Submitted by L. Morgan

Forest Faborn Redmond
Forest Faborn Redmond was born at Dewey, Oklahoma, October 8, 1905, and departed this life at Howard, Kansas, September 25, 1929, aged 23 years, 11 months, and 17 days.

He received his education in the schools of Elk and Greenwood counties. He was a student in the Howard high school, and also attended the Fredonia Business College.

He united with the Howard Christian church in January 1922.

He married Miss Bernadine Andrews of Howard, May 19, 1927. To this union was born one daughter, Edith Faye.

For some time he had been in the employ of the Emporia Telephone Company and worked up to Friday, September 20th. He was taken ill that evening and lived but a few days. He was a young man of good habits, industrious, winning many friends among those who knew him. His death comes as a severe blow to his wife, parents, brothers and to a large circle of relatives and friends.

The funeral services took place at the M. E. church of Howard, conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. E. Satterlee, with a brief address of Elder Newton Hill of Elk Falls, a friend of the family. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends of the family. There were beautiful floral tributes. The music was very appropriate. Interment in Grace Lawn cemetery near Howard.


The Moline Advance - May 27, 1920

MR. THOMAS B. REDMAN - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Thomas Burton Redman, son of James G. and Mollie A. Redman, was born at Kellogg, Iowa, September 12, 1874 and died at Moline, Kansas, May 18, 1920, aged 45 years, 8 months and 6 days.

When about 12 years of age Mr. Redman located in Moline where he has since resided. On July 15, 1899, he was married to Miss Dora Mann to whom was born two children, both dying in infancy.

Besides his wife and many friends, he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, Elda Redman, of Humansville, Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Lulu Durbin of Galesburg, Illinois; one sister, Mrs. Estella Gaston, having preceded him in death several years ago.

"Bert," as his host of friends loved to call him, was a member of the Masonic, I.O.O.F. and M.W.A. Lodges and held in the highest esteem by their membership. He was honored and respected by all who knew him for his high integrity, kind congenial disposition. It can truly be said that Bert tried to make this world better by his life and deeds. Therefore it is with much sadness that we must part with one of our best friends and citizens. - - - E.A.C.

Mr. Redman was a salesman in the different stores in Moline for a number of years and made good in every position he held. For the past two years he held the position of traveling salesman for the Wichita Casket Company and covered a wide territory, being constantly on the road. He was greatly beloved by the customers he dealt with and very highly esteemed by his employers, all of whom sent their sincere condolences and many floral tributes to the high regard in which they held him when they learned of his sudden passing away.

Funeral services were held at his late home Thursday afternoon, May 20, at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. C. E. Heaton of the M. E. Church, and the body was laid to rest in the Moline Cemetery with the ritual ceremonies of the Masonic order.


Sedan Times-Star - August 16, 2006

MRS. PEGGY REED

Peggy Reed, 68, of Peru passed away Saturday morning, August 12, 2006, at Elk Manor in Moline.

She was born on March 7, 1938, in Vinita, Okla., to Everett and Edna (Parnell) Terry. She grew up in Vinita where she attended school, graduating from Vinita High School in 1956.

Shortly after graduation, she married Jack King of Centralia, Okla.; they had two sons, Terry King and Todd King. They were divorced in 1976.

On Feb. 14, 1981, she married Joe Reed of Peru. Following their marriage, they made their home in Peru until her death following a long illness.

Prior to becoming disabled she was employed by Sedan Seed House, Dr. Leon Hills, D.D.S., and Pleasant Valley Manor as a physical therapist. She was a former co-owner of the Ranch Restaurant and former partner in the Cross Roads Club.

Survivors include her husband, Joe of the home; two sons, Terry King of Peru and Todd King of Wamego, Kan.; two step-daughters, Rhonda Reed of Salina and Paula Reed of Glenpool, Okla.; three sisters, Maxine McDougal of Easley, S.C., Shirley Collins of Shell Knob, Mo., and Carmalita Lorenz of Sedan; three grandsons, Tanner King of Manhattan, Kan., Madison King of Wamego, Kan., and Richard Todd King of Morton, IL; and two granddaughters, Hadley King of Bartlesville and Kylea Newby of Moore, Okla.

Her parents Everett and Edna Terry preceded her in death.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in the Fairview Cemetery at Niotaze with Reverend Delons Click officiating.

Friends called on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan.

The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, contributions may be left with the funeral home. David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan was in charge of arrangements.


November 1995

MRS. JESSIE M. VANROYEN REEVES

Jessie Marie VanRoyen Reeves, 80, died November 7, 1995 at a Tucson, AZ. hospital. She was born October 6, 1915 at Moline, KS., the daughter of Woodford "Woody" and Florence Rachel Shipman VanRoyen. She received her schooling in Elk County. She lived in and around Howard and Longton, KS., Manznola and Castle Rock, CO,, and Tucson, AZ.

She was married to Carl Norwood Reeves at Howard, August 11, 1934. He died March 4, 1964. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Enos and Earnest VanRoyen, and one sister, Ruby Vestal.

Norwood and Bessie worked around Longton and Howard and then moved to Manznola, CO.

A daughter, Karla Kay Reeves, was born to this union. She survives. Mrs. Reeves is also survived by two granddaughters, Lesly Crick of Hilton Head, Island, SC. and Susan Dunes of Denver, CO., three great-grandchildren, Cynthia and Jormathan Dunes and Emily Crick; two sisters, Myrtle Hoffman of Independence, KS. and Cleda McLean of Topeka, KS., and many nieces and nephews.


February 1979

MRS. NOMY B. REEVES

Nomy B. Reeves, 70 of Grenola died Thursday in William Newton Memorial Hospital. She was born April 15, 1908, in Kansas to Jess and Nellie Newberry. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Reeves is survived by her husband Ned; five sons, Roy of Cambridge, Ken of Grenola, M. D. of Sedan, Garry of Nebraska, Kelly of California; three daughters, Virginia Dean of Wellington, Glennis Walter of Susanvile, Calif., Carolyn Sue Carlson of Houston, Texas; one brother, Emmitt Boxley of Ponca City; four sisters, Zeta Cook of Wichita, Georgia Grimley, Opal Grimley and Berdine Wilson, all of Ponca City; and 21 grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 1979 in Watt Funeral Home Chapel by Bernard Smith of the Church of Christ. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Grenola. Watt Funeral Home, Moline was in charge of arrangements.


Howard Courant - March 23, 1944

MR. R. F. REEVESSubmitted by L. Morgan

Grenola Merchant Found Dead
R. F. Reeves, proprietor of the C. & E. Store in Grenola was found dead Friday at 8:00 p.m. in his rooms, back of the store where he and his family have been making their home. Mrs. Cora Terry, who came to clean the rooms found him sitting in a chair dead. Mrs. Reeves and infant son were at St. Mary’s hospital in Winfield and Mr. Reeves had been alone at the store since closing time. Although he had been suffering from a heart ailment he had been able to attend his duties at the store. His health came as a shock to his family and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Grenola Methodist church, Tuesday at 2:30. Interment was in the Greenlawn cemetery.---Grenola Gazette.


February 1980

MRS. MARGARET R. REID

Margaret Roberts Reid, daughter of Lewis and Nettie Keifer Roberts, was born on September 20, 1891 at Coffeyville, Kansas. She passed away on February 10, 1980 in Independence, Kansas at the age of 88. The family moved to Elk Falls in 1893 where her father had a general store, then moved to Howard in 1903 and attended Howard grade and high school. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1909. While attending Kansas University she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and after graduating in 1914, she taught in the Howard High School for two years.

On May 20, 1917 she was united in marriage to Dr. Frank Reid and lived in Howard the rest of her life. Margaret worked as a dental assistant for her husband from 1942 to 1957 and as a secretary for him when he was State Senator from 1961 to 1965.

She was a member of Columbia Chapter No. 142 Order of the Eastern Star. the P. E. 0. Sisterhood and the Christian Science Church of Boston, Massachusetts. Her husband, Dr. Reid, passed away in 1971 and she was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, E. K. Roberts of Clinton, Missouri.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Richard Reid of Howard and Lewis Reid of Salina, Kansas; her daughter, Mrs. Annette DeFever of Independence, Kansas; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 12, 1980 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home with Rev. Loran Scott of the Howard Presbyterian Church officiating. Mrs. Helen Vinette was the organist with Mrs. Geneva Wells. singing “How Great Thou Art” and "In The Garden”. The Casket Bearers were Larry DeFever, Steve DeFever, Jim Clubine, Richard Kllngman, Jerry Franklin, Brad Reid, and Dr. Michael Reid. Interment was held in the Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. The services were directed by the Zimmerman Funeral Home at Howard.

The family suggests the American Heart Fund as a memorial. numerous community activities.


Prairie Star - April 3, 2013

MR. WILLIS ROBERTS

Willis “Bill” Roberts, 79, of Collinsville, Okla., passed away from lung cancer on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Georgetown, Texas.

Bill was born June 28, 1933 in Elk County, the son of Willis B. and Etta Mae (Furry) Roberts. He attended school in Busby, Kan., and Howard, Kan. He graduated from Howard High School, class of 1952. Bill excelled at sports, and especially enjoyed running track and playing football. He attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., on a football scholarship. Later he attended the University of Wichita, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1964. He worked for Boeing in Wichita, Kan., while he worked on his Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation, he joined General Electric in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1966, he joined American Airlines, in Tulsa, Okla., as a computer programmer and was proud to work there for 27 years until his retirement in 1992. Even after retirement, Bill enjoyed attending monthly breakfasts with his retired friends from American Airlines.

Bill was united in marriage to Charlotte (Sloan) Roberts on Dec. 19, 1954, in Howard, at the Howard United Methodist Church. They raised two children, Martha and Joe. Bill and Charlotte celebrated 49 years of marriage until her death on Oct. 17, 2003.

On July 1, 2005, Bill married Vera (Adams) Conard-Roberts in Severy, Kan. Bill and Vera enjoyed life together and were active members of the Severy United Methodist Church until her death on Jan. 12, 2011.

Bill had a lifelong hobby of vegetable gardening. He enjoyed tilling the land, planting, harvesting, and canning, and once the family pantry was full, always gave the surplus to friends. Bill was proud to be from Howard and was past President of the Howard High School Alumni Association, and enjoyed planning and attending the annual banquets.

Bill is preceded in death by his brothers, Claude Roberts, Dallas Roberts, and Wilbur Roberts, and his sisters Hazel (Roberts) Knight, and Zuna (Roberts) Duckworth.

He is survived by his son, Joe Roberts of Collinsville, Okla., his daughter Martha (Roberts) Lancaster and her husband Stephen of Georgetown, Texas, his grandson, Brian Lancaster of Georgetown, Texas, and his sister Barbara Roberts of Winfield.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Howard United Methodist Church, Howard, with Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon at the church. Interment will be at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.

The family suggests that donations be made in Bill’s memory to the American Cancer Society. Condolences and memories to share with the family may be sent to www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Novemver 1994

MR. JOSEPH F. RENTFRO

Joseph Francis Rentfro passed away Monday, November 21, 1994 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. He was 87 years of age. Joe, as he was known to his friends, was born February 21, 1907 on a homestead near Elida, New Mexico to John Edward and Sarah Jane (McHenry) Rentfro. He was one of seven children born to this family. At the age of three months, his family returned to Kansas and made their home near Oak Valley. Joe attended Oak Valley rural school and grew to manhood in the Oak Valley and Elk City communities.

On December 29, 1931, he married Esther Irene Maben near Fall River and to this union were born a son Raymond, and two daughters Joanna and Eileen. They farmed in Elk County for six years, before moving to Severy where Joe was a self-employed carpenter.

Joe served several years as mayor and councilman of Severy, and more than thirty years as the city fire chief. He was also active in the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Severy for many years.

He and Esther moved from Seveiy to the Medicalodge in Eureka in August of 1992, due to ill health.

He is survived by his wife Esther, a son Raymond Rentfro of Topeka, two daughters Joanna Dukart of Eureka and Elken Wilson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Clyde, Glenn and Floyd and three sisters Blanche, Mabel and Myrtle.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, November 25, 1994 at the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy with Rev. Jan Kindwoman and Rev. Tony Pameticky officiating. Mrs. Roylynn Pameticky was the organist with Lloyd G. Zimmerman singing “Ivory Palaces” and “In The Garden.” The casket bearers were Ralph Crane, Bruce, Dill, Charles Flaiz, Jim Gaddie, Doug Holliday and David Wilson. Interment was held in South Lawn Cemetery at Severy. A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Moline Advance - December 4, 1930

MR. GEORGE W. RETTIG - Submitted by Dan Durbin

George W. Rettig was born at Mainz, Germany, August 24, 1849. When he was eighteen years of age he came to America. He was a practical printer and worked on The New York Times until 1868. In that year he came to Rock Island, Illinois, where he lived with his brother, Louie, and his sister Barbara, until 1869 when he came to Neosho county, Kansas. In 1873 he was united in marriage to Laura Johns. To this union six children were born: W. M. Rettig, Lena Rettig, Cora May Rettig, Mrs. Joseph Davis, Nellie Rettig of Moline, and Louie Rettig of Moline, and Louie Rettig of Seattle, Washington. His wife and two daughters, Lena and Cora May preceding him in death.

In the year of 1873 he moved to Boston, Howard county, now Elk county, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. Thirty-seven years ago he came to Moline, and entered the mercantile business. By his honesty and integrity and square dealing he built up a wide circle of friends, and had a successful business career.

Mr. Rettig was a naturalized citizen having taken out his papers at Howard October 10, 1890. He was proud of the adopted country and very loyal to it.

In his life as a farmer and later in the mercantile business Mr. Rettig has been a partner J. M. Johns of this city, his brother-in-law, and always a close friend.

Mr. Rettig was a friendly spirit and attracted a large circle of friends from far and wide who mourn deeply his passing, but will always remember him with tenderness.

He remained active in his business until a few weeks before his death, which occurred Tuesday, November 25, 1930, at his home in Moline, Kansas.

He was the last of seven children, Adam and Katherine of Germany, Louie of Illinois City, Illinois, Valentine of Yakima, Washington; John of Chanute, Kansas, and Barbara of Iowa, having passed on before.

Mr. Rettig was past 81 years of age, a pioneer, public spirited, honest and upright in character, and in his death Moline loses a prominent and beloved citizen. He was always interested in the good of the community and served several years as a member of the school board. He was a life long member of the Lutheran Church and a member of the Masonic lodge and took an active part in its work.

Mr. Rettig gave to his family the finest of that fine spirit of devotion which was so characteristic of his life. His associates at the store will greatly miss his presence among them, and all who knew him will feel the loss of a kind friend and a good man.

Funeral services were held in the First Methodist Episcopal church in Moline, Kansas, November 28, 1930 conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. W. Dewey, and the Rev. Phillip Schmidt, pastor of the Lutheran Church, of Pittsburg, Kansas, after which interment was made in the Moline cemetery with Masonic rites.

In the services Rev. O. W. Dewey gave a glowing tribute to the life and character of the departed telling how kind hearted, how noble and upright he was and how high he was held in the esteem of everyone. The sermon by Rev. Smith was full of spirituality pointing out that the life of the soul was the most important and how the deceased measured up to the noble conceptions of the spiritual life. It was comforting and assuring to all.

Mr. Rettig will be sadly missed in the family, in the business nad community life of Moline and a wide vicinity. The bereaved ones have the deepest and most sincere sympathy in his departure.


July 1992?

MRS. PHYLLIS REYBUM

Phyllis Reybum, 77, of Columbus died July 20, after a long illness. She Went to Howard High School till her senior year, when she graduated from Moline High School. Phyllis was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dickey, who had a shoe repair shop in Howard. She attended Cosmetology School in Joplin, MO. and owned her own beauty salon in Baxter Springs, and Bakersfield, CA. She married Earl Reybum, April 11, 1936.

Survivors are: one daughter, Joyce Begando of Columbus; three sons, Dennis Reybum of Bakersfield, CA.; James Reybum of Posey, CA.; and Randal Reybum of Opelousas, LA.; one sister, Avis Dickey Dorris of Aptos, CA. Burial was in the Columbus City Cemetery.


The Longton News - December 14, 1900

MRS. HATTIE REYNOLDS - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Mrs. Hattie Reynolds died at the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Rachel Reynolds, in this city, Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock, aged 35 years. She leaves three children, one boy and two girls.

Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, interment being made in the Busby cemetery.


September 1987

MR. FRANK A. REYNOLDS

Frank A. Reynolds, 68, Longton, died Thursday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital of Wichita, where he’d been a patient for the past three days.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Webb and Rodrick Funeral Home Chapel with Dale Burnett of Eureka officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery at Elk City.

Frank A. Reynolds was born June 22, 1919, at Elk City, to Earl A. and Sophia (Lietzke) Reynolds. He attended Elk City schools and farmed in the Elk City area until 1966, when he became employed with the the Longton School system as a custodian.

On Oct. 1, 1939, at Carthage, Mo., He married Viola Rothgeb. She survives at the family home.

He was a member of the Elk Falls Johovah's Witnesses.

Also surviviiig are three daughters, Jeanean O’Mara, Longton, Sharon Crowell, Loveland, Colo., and Janet Fox, Meade; four sisters, Edna Mae Cox, Elk City, Minnie Reynolds and Betty Kiferk, Pine Bluff, Ark., and Fern Hamm, Winfield; and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His parents and one sister preceded him in death.


Howard Current Citizen - October 1988

MR. JOSEPH F. RHOADES - Submitted by Lowell B. Krahn

Joseph Fred Rhoades died Sunday, October 9, 1988, at his home in Howard. He was 65 years of age. Fred, as he was known to his friends, was born on September 24, 1923, at Kansas City, Kansas to Fred and Clara M. Bruton Rhoades. His family moved to Howard when he was a young boy and it was here he attended school.

On June 23, 1943, Fred joined the United States Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged on January 24, 1946. On December 18, 1951, he married Thelma M. Knight at Newkirk, Oklahoma. They owned and operated the Plaza Theater and Grill in Howard for many years, where Fred took an active interest in the operation of the grill. He was preceded in death by his wife on September 16, 1981.

Fred is survived by two uncles, Charles Bruton and Addington Bruton, both of Midland, Texas; three aunts, Edna Snowden of Moline, Kansas, Juanita Yandell of Piedmont, Kansas, and Vera Henderson of Roswell, New Mexico; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 14, 1988, at the Grace Lawn Cemetery, with the Reverend David Moore of the Howard Wesleyan Church, officiating. Inurnment of the cremated remains followed the graveside services. The song, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" was played at the cemetery service. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Current Citizen - September 24, 1981

MRS. THELMA (BABE) RHOADES - Submitted by Lowell B. Krahn

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Thelma (Babe) Rhoades, theater owner and operator, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 1981 at her home in Howard. She was 78 years of age. Babe was born on April 7, 1903 at Hoge, Kansas to Edward and Sarah Grace . She attended schools in the Basehor, Kansas area and graduated from Basehor High School. After graduation she worked for the telephone company in Kansas City, Kansas and was supervisor over that area for many years.

Babe became the owner of the telephone exchanges in Dexter, Atlanta and Burden and operated them until 1941 when she purchased the theater in Moline, Kansas. In 1943, she purchased the theater in Howard and operated the two theatres until combining them in 1956. During this time she met Joseph Fred Rhoades and, on December 18, 1951, she married him at Newkirk, Oklahoma. They made their home in Howard the rest of their lives.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Carter-Rader Post No. 149 at Howard and a member of the Howard United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Fred; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Scheller and Ruth Knight, both of Basehor, Kansas; her nephews, Donald Grisham of Overland Park, Kansas, John Knight of Mulvane, Kansas, Edward Scheller, David Wayne Scheller, and Larry Scheller, all of Basehor, Kansas; two nieces, Mrs. Kathy Beavers of Wichita, Kansas and Mrs. Marla Stafford of Denver, Colorado.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, 1981 in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard, Kansas with Rev. Roy Brown and Rev. Paul Lynn of the United Methodist Church officiating. The music was provided by the Methodist Men's Double Quartet singing, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".

The arrangements were made by the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Unknown Newspaper - December 1994

MRS. EUNICE O. RHODES

Eunice Opal Rhodes, 81, Topeka, died Monday December 26, 1994 at a Topeka nursing home.

Mrs. Rhodes was a reader supervisor for Luce Clipping Bureau.

She was born December 18, 1913, in Howard the daughter of Albert Orestus and Edith Hester Collins Andrews.

She was married to Ernest Francis Rhodes on October 20, 1930 in Howard. He survives.

Other survivors include two sons Frank E. Rhodes of San Bernardino, CA., and John C. Rhodes of Lincoln, NB.; two daughters Sharon E. Smith of Topeka, and Kathleen Rhodes of Lawrence; two sisters Mary Ellen Snodderley of Howard, and Clarice Anderson of Olney, MD.; two brothers Richard Andrews of Tucson, AZ., and Albert Andrews of Wichita; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by a daughter Dorthca Jean Rhodes on February 29, 1940.

Memorial services were held on December 30, 1994 at University Methodist Church in Topeka.

Inurnment Services were conducted by Rev. Jan Kindwoman at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard on January 7, 1995.


November 1996

MR. ELMER H. RHUDY

Elmer H. Rhudy of Tucson, AZ passed away Wednesday, November 13, 1996. Elmer was born February 13, 1916 in Moore, OR to Floyd K. and Ada (Peachee) Rhudy.

Elmer was married in 1937 to Ola Marie Jontra of Howard, KS., who shared his life for 51 years until her death in 1988.

He joined the US Army in 1942 and served in Tunisia, Rome, Southern France, and the Rhineland during WWII until 1945.

Elmer lived throughout the west and midwest, retiring in Tucson in 1976 Elmer was a salesman by trade and calling. He was happiest working a sale, be it in the clothing department of the Moline Mercantile Company or as a manager for the La Ouinta Motor Inns.

Elmer was a member of the Sabbar Shrine Temple and the BPO Elks Lodge of Tucson and a lifetime member of the Meridian Masonic Lodge of Elk Falls, KS. Elmer was preceded in death by three sisters and is survived by his wife Jane; his sister, Esther

of Texas; his three brothers, Paul and his wife Hazel of CO., Howard and his wife Mary of MO., and Dale and his wife June of KS.; and step-children, Fred M. Edson and his wife Margie; Judy Edson all of Tucson; Kathie Kalmowitz of Columbia, SC.; Carol Nelson and her husband Ron of Manassas, VA.; and Christopher Thompson of Albuquerque, NM.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Ravin Gaston and retired Rev. Clifton, a long time friend to Elmer, on November 16, 1996 at Catalina Methodist Chapel.


Prairie Star - July 20, 2011

LT. COLONEL CARL E. RICE

Lt. Colonel Carl E. Rice, U.S. Air Force Retired, died July 12, 2011, at the age of 94.

He was born Dec. 2, 1916, on a farm northeast of Longton. His parents, Charles and Jessie Rice, brother Paul Rice, and sisters Pauline Rice and Gladys Dikeman, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of San Antonio, Texas; niece, Rube Dennis of Springfield, Mo.; three daughters of a previous marriage, and eight grandchildren.

He taught three years at Cedar Summit, a one room country school north of Busby. He was active with the Cottonwood Cowboys, a country-western musical group around the Longton area in southeast Kansas in the late 1930's consisting of Everett Moore, Floyd Ferguson, Harold Smith, and himself.

He was drafted into the US Army in 1941 and following basic training he volunteered for Air Force Pilot Training and received his wings in 1942. He served two tours with a B-25 bomber group in the North Africa, Corsica, and Italy area during which time he flew 77 bombing missions as pilot, flight commander, and SQDN operations officer. After numerous administration assignments he was assigned to a KC-97 In-flight refueling unit.

After 12 years in air refueling operations, he retired from the Air Force in 1968. He was then employed by Government Personnel Mutual Life of San Antonio until final retirement in 1980. He has resided in San Antonio for the last 30 years.

During his military career he was designated command pilot and he received 13 awards and decorations including; the silver star, DFC, Air medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, 4 commendation medals, and other citation and service medals.

Services will be held at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church followed by burial at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery with full military honors.

Carl requested that memorial donations be made to the Longton/Elk Valley Alumni Association Scholarship Committee at Longton.


Novemer 1980

MRS. ANNA M. WOODS RICHARDSON

Anna Mae Woods Richardson was born in Kansas, Oklahoma September 18, 1940. She passed away November 26, 1980.

Mr. and Mrs. Harmon H. Woods adopted her in 1947 and she attended grade school and high school at Longton, Kansas. She then went to Wichita Business College and got her diploma. She went to work at the institute of Logopedics at Wichita and worked there for 10 years.

She married David C. Richardson on June 14, 1979 at Wichita.

Survivors are her husband, David C. Richardson; her mother, Mrs. Gladys Woods of Howard, Kansas; two brothers, Dean and Donald Garison of Wichita; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Kim, Scott A.F.B., Ill. and Mrs. Donna Saaverbra of Alberquerque, New Mexico.


Prairie Star - September 14, 2011

MRS. CHARLOTTE L. RICHARDSON

Charlotte L. Richardson, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Stafford County Hospital. She was the mother of Barbara Rierson of Grenola.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Feldhut Cemetery in rural Stafford, Kan., with Steve Gil presiding.

Minnis Chapel of Stafford, Kan., handled the arrangements.


Prairie Star - October 13, 2010

MR. EVERETT A. RICHARDSON

Everett Andrew "Andy" Richardson, age 67, a resident of Longton, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at the Howard Twilight Manor in Howard. He was born on July 15, 1943 in Johnson City, Tenn., the son of Louis South and Velma Smith. After graduating high school Andy joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. Andy worked for vari- ous carnivals for several years. He also worked as a welder and roofer.

Andy is survived by three sons: Jim Beam Richardson of Mexico City, Mexico. David Richardson and Alan Richardson both of Wichita: his step-mother Lois South of Wichita; three brothers: Rick South of Longton, Lloyd South and Louis South both of Wichita; three sisters: Lynn DeRose of Hutchinson, Kan., Kay Snyder of Gridley, Kan., and Mildred Harrison of Wellington, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Velma.

Per Andy's wishes he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside - Zimmerman Funeral Home, 206 B. Washington, Howard. Kansas.


The Moline Advance - March 6, 2930

MR. GEORGE W. RICHARDSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

George W. Richardson was born January 20, 1848, in Hickory County, Missouri. He came to Kansas at the age of five years. When just a lad of 15 years, while living in Linn county he gave heed to his Country's call. On the 8th day of June he enlisted in Company B, 14th regiment of Kansas Volunteer Cavalry under the leadership of Captain Charles H. Haynes. He served two years and was honorably discharge from the service on the 25th day of June 1865. At the close of the war he again took up his residence in Linn county and later moved to Neosho county. In 1870 he and his brother John Richardson, came to Elk county and homesteaded a claim one mile and a half east of Ames Chapel where he lived until 1909 when he moved with his family to Moline, Kansas.

Mr. Richardson was united in marriage with Emily Jane Beach at Independence, Kansas, May 24, 1876. To this union were born nine children, one daughter, Elizabeth H. Shupp, preceding her father in death. The eight remaining children are Calbert M. Richardson of Howard, Kansas; Loyd E. Richardson of Morehead, Kansas; Mrs. A. Mae Smith of Greeley, Kansas; Harry R. Richardson of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Eula Jane Niswanger of Turon, Kansas; Mrs. Celia M. Coghlan of Wichita, Kansas; Mrs. Effie Porter and Mrs. Eva Polson of Moline, Kansas. These with the widow, Mrs. E. J. Richardson, twenty-two grandchildren and one great grandchild and many other relatives and friends mourn the passing of the husband, father and friend.

At an early age Mr. Richardson united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a faithful member unto the end. He was a man of sterling quality and high ideals, always kind, loving and generous to his family and his friends. The day was never too full or too long with the daily walks of life but what there was always time for the family worship in the home, and this continued until the final call. A favorite verse of the Bible was Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto a son is given, and the government shall by upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

To know Mr. Richardson and his daily life was to be his neighbor. He departed the life February 26, 1930 at this home in Moline, Kansas, age 82 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church Friday, February 28, 1930, at 2:30 conducted by the pastor, Rev. O. W. Dewey, and interment was made in Ames Chapel cemetery under the auspices of the American Legion.


November 1994

MRS. MILDRED J. RICHARDSON

Mildred Jeanne Warren Richardson, (Mrs. Ellis William Richardson), 78, Died November 18, 1994 following a lengthy illness. Jeanne Richardson was born May 24, 1916 in Chautauqua County, near Sedan to Harry E. and Mabel Wells Warren. She married Ellis W. Richardson on August 13, 1935. Mrs. Richardson was a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas from 1952 through 1989 where she was an active volunteer in both her church and community.

Mrs. Richardson was predeceased by her husband, Ellis, and her sisters Mrs. Zella Warren Wilson of Molinc and Mrs. Vivian Warren Wray of Blackfoot, Idaho. She is survived by her son, Terry L. Richardson, daughter-in—law Suzann Cooley Richardson, and grandchildren Blair Allen Richardson and William Cooley Richardson all of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Richardson is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Beryl Warren Wheeler Elrod of Molinc, Kansas, her brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. James J. Warren of Pingree, Idaho along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held in Grenola, Kansas. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family would appreciate memorial gifts to the Grace United Methodist Church, Foundation, 11222 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. Watts Funeral Home in Moline will he handling the graveside services.


Winfield Daily Courier - November 25, 2002

MRS. EDITH M. RICHARDSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

Edith Richardson--HOWARD
Edith Mary Richardson, 95, longtime resident of Howard, died Nov. 22, 2002, at the Howard Twilight Manor. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Funeral Home. The Rev. Julie Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Cresco Cemetery north of Howard.

A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left at the funeral home. Richardson was born Feb. 23, 1907, on a farm north of Howard, to Mary Edith (Miller) and John Charles Oliver. The family moved to Missouri when she was an infant. She began school there before returning to Kansas and attending Cresco, Antioch and Fiat rural schools in the Elk County area.

On Jan. 23, 1924, she married Jesse E. Richardson in Howard. They owned and operated a farm west of Howard for many years.

Her daughter, Beverly Ann (Richardson) Lazarus, died Feb. 17, 1974, and her husband died Jan. 9, 1988. A homemaker, Richardson was active in the Elk County Extension Council and taught classes in canning and preserving food. She served as a 4-H leader and worked many years for the Howard Fair Association. She was a longtime member of the Howard United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her grandsons, Mark Lazarus, Corinth, Texas, and Daniel Lazarus, Grapevine, Texas; and two great-granddaughters.


Howard Courant-Citizen - January 1980

MR. JESSE E. RICHARDSON - Submitted by Louise Havens

JESSE E. RICHARDSON died Saturday, January 9, 1988 at the Fredonia Regional Hospital. He was 90 years of age. Jesse was born on August 30, 1897 at Little Rock, Ark., to Henry and Julia Burgess Richardson. At the age of two he moved with his family to Elk County, where they farmed in the Cresco Community north of Howard. He attended rural schools and Sunday School in the Piedmont and Severy area. Jesse became employed in farm work at the age of 14, and in 1924 began to farm for himself. On January 23, 1924 he married Edith Mary Oliver at Howard, and they made their home on a farm, three miles southwest of Piedmont for 14 years. On May 14, 1938, his only child, Beverly Ann, was born at the home of J. C. Oliver in Howard. She preceded him in death on February 17, 1974. Jesse and his family farmed in the Howard and Piedmont area throughout his life. In 1948 he and Edith bought a farm five miles northwest of Howard and remained there, until retiring in 1980. They have made their home in Howard during the past eight years.

Jesse was the youngest of 16 children and grew to be a well liked, honest man. He dearly loved his family and was a good friend to his daughter, as well as being a good father. Raising bees and farming were the things Jesse liked best during his life's work. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Howard. Jesse is survived by his wife, Edith of the home, and two grandsons, Mark and Dan Lazarus, both of Texas. he was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his daughter, Beverly Ann Lazarus.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 12, 1988 in the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, with Rev. Ron Bumstead and Rev. Paul Lynn of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Mrs. Velette Smith was the organist with the Methodist Men's Double Quartet singing "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and Lloyd Zimmerman singing "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow". The casket bearers were David Magers, Wayne Keast, Don Perkins, Bill Perkins, John Cummings and Allen Cummings. burial was held in Cresco Cemetery, north of Howard.

A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Courant - June 25, 1931

PROF. N. A. RICHARDSON - Submitted by L. Morgan

DEATH OF N. A. RICHARDSON
A few weeks ago, our readers may recall, we made mention that Prof. N. A. Richardson, fifty years ago, principal of the Elk Falls school, had been re-elected head of the board of education at San Bernadino, California, where he located on leaving Kansas about 1882 or'83. This week we have recieved from Mrs. Ella Thompson Symmes, former Howard young woman now living in San Bernadino, newspaper clippings telling of the death and funeral of Prof. Richardson, who passed away sometime late May.

Prof. Richardson stood very high in the educational affairs of San Bernadino, and was held in high esteem as a citizen. He was a quarter of a century a teacher, principal, superintendent, and organizer of the higher departments of the city schools. One of the clippings shows a picture of the new Richardson Junior High school, newest in the city system and almost completed and named in honor of Richardson, a large handsome structure, fire-proof, re-inforced concrete, 13 rooms, and offices.

Prof. Richardson leaves a wife and one married daughter. He retired from teaching school about 25 years ago, but has continuously held a place on the board of education, much of the time being the president and chief. He was active in politics, espousing the cause of the alliance and the socialists, frequently being the choice of that party as candidate for congress or the governorship of California, but was never successful at the polls when running or political office.

There are still a number of our readers of the Elk Falls neighborhood who attended school under Prof. Richardson, and who will be pleased to know that he was held in higest esteem in his California home. His death was the result of a stroke of apoplexy. His age was 73 years.


February 1991

MRS. ESTHER L. RICHEL

Esther Lillian Richel, age 79, of Topeka, died Tuesday, Feb.12, 1991 at A Topeka hospital.

She was born June 6, 1911 at Hastings, Nebraska, the daughter of Leonard Page and Florence Emma Hull Mills. She was a 1929 graduate of Howard High School, Howard, Kansas. She attended Emporia State Teachers College with a major in music.

She lived in Severy, Kansas for 3 years; at McPherson from 1937-1942; and in Topeka since 1942. She lived in Howard, Kansas briefly from 1944-1946.

Mrs. Richel was a member of Central Congregational Church. She served as President of the Central Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship from 1974-1978 and was group leader for Women’s Fellowship from 1979-1981.

She was an active member of the American association of University Women. She was secretary of AAUW from 1964-1966; chairwoman of the AAUW Consumerism Group in 1980; chairwoman of the Choral Group for several years begining in 1957 and later in 1981 and 1990; chairwoman of the Arts III of AAUW from 1982-1985.

Mrs. Richel served as President of Gage PTA in 1951-1952; was president of Chapter EP of P.E.O. from 1965-1966; was president of the Music Study Club in 1974-1975 and vice-president in 1978-1978; president of Topeka Lioness Club from 1979-1980; Advisor to Group XI from 1985 to the present.

She was married to William Adrian Richel on Sept. 29, 1934 at Emporia. He survives. Other survivors include; two daughters, Karen Sue Poort of Topeka, Linda Ann Fritsch of Lewisville, Texas, one brother Allen Mills of Farmington, New Mexico and two grandchildren.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Central Congregational Church. Entombment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum. Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Congregational Church, 1248 S.W. Buchanan, Topeka, Kansas 66604.


Prairie Star - November 4, 2009

MRS. BETTIE J. RIGGS

Bettie Jane Bunyard Riggs, 85, of Arlington, Wash., formerly of Belle Plaine, Kan., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.

She was born to Harvey and Viola Bunyard on November 30, 1923 in Fall River.

Bettie is survived by her daughter Gerri Riggs Hatfield and son-in-law David Hatfield of Arlington, Wash., grandchildren; Jeff Hatfield of Arlington, Wash., Jared and Kelly Hatfield of Stanwood, Wash., and Jan Hatfield Fleck of Stanwood, Wash., great-grandchildren; Lilly and Elijah Fleck of Stanwood, Wash., brothers Buck and Paul Bunyard both of Eureka, Kan., and sister Ruby Robert of Severy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 48 years Virgil E. Riggs, one grandson Jason Hatfield, brothers and sisters; Virginia Hemry, George Bunyard, Bob Bunyard, Bill Bunyard, Mary Burt, Lee Bunyard and David Bunyard. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coun-trysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - May 15, 2002

MR. DELBERT RIGGS

Delbert Monroe Riggs died Friday, May 10, 2002 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. He was 81 years of age and had recently moved back to Howard with his daughter, Theresa, after the death of his wife, Loreua. Delbert was born on February 4, 1921 at Howard, Kansas to Walter Virgil and Merlie Mae (Murphy) Riggs. He attended rural school and grew to manhood in Elk County, Kansas.

Delbert lived in the Howard area until uniting in marriage with Loretta Pearl Taylor on October 26, 1940, in the community of Fiat northeast of Howard. The newlyweds made their home in Howard until Delbert was called to serve his country during World War II. Delbert served in the European Theater with the United States Army. In 1982, Delbert and Loretta returned to Howard staying in the Howard and Wichita area until September of 2001 when they moved to Honda to live with their daughter Anettia and son-in-law Mike.

Delbert was a member of American Legion Carter-Rader Post #149 at Howard and was a life member of VFW Post 1949 in Washington. He was a member of the Church of Christ and baptized as a young teenager in Indian Creek.

Delbert is survived by his daughters, Theresa Smith of Howard, Anettia Nephew and her husband Mike of Eustis, Florida and Tena Beaushaw and her husband Chris of Tacoma, Washington; nine grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Loretta P. Riggs on February 1, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his son Stephen M. Riggs; his parents Walter and Mae Riggs, a brother Virgil E. Riggs, and 2 infant grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Military funeral honors were conducted by American Legion CarterRader Post #149 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. Memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - August 22, 2001

MR. FLOYD WILLIAM RIGGS

Floyd William Riggs passed away Thursday, August 16, 2001, at his home south of Moline, Kansas. He was 79 years of age. Floyd was born on March 23, 1922 at Wellington, Kansas, to Raymond R. and Ida Olive (Baker) Riggs. He grew to manhood in Sumner County, Kansas, graduating from Geuda Springs High School. Floyd served three years in the United States Army during World War II.

On May 5, 1946, he married Patricia Elaine Nichols at Howard, Kansas. They made their home in Sumner County, and later moved to Chautauqua County. Howard was a farmer and rancher throughout his life.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Coffeyville, the Masonic Lodge at Dexter, and was a long time member of the Sedan Chamber of Commerce. Floyd devoted many hours to being a 4-H Leader and was a Master Hunter Safety Instructor.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Moline; his sons, Dr. Glen and his wife Judy of Sedan, and Rex and his wife Sylvia of Arkansas City; his daughter, Lynda Elaine Marshall of Cedar Vale; his brother; Lawrence Riggs of Parsons; his sisters, Bonnie Landes and Jo Ann Bertrand both of Wellington, Doris Hackett of Lake Charles, Louisiana; 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Sawyer and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2001, at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas with Joe Nichols of Longton and Rev. Dois Nix of the Sedan Baptist Church officiating. Eulalia Bird will be the organist with Licia Nichols singing "How Great Thou Art" and "In The Garden". The honorary pallbearers were DeWayne Bamett, Jeny Blakesly, Charlie Chase, Paul Fulsom, Gene Jarboe, Ray Martin, Ed Morton, Ross Sherwood, Loren Smith, Vern Sweaney, Tony Turner and Kenny Vandever. Private interment will be held in the Casement Cemetery near Sedan.

Memorials have been establishcd with the Chautauqua County 4_H Scholarship Fund and the Sedan Area EMS. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


September 1995

DR. LOWELL E. RILLER

Dr. Lowell Edwards Riller, died at his home. Monday, September 4, 1995. A memorial service was held Friday at 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Memorials are with Kansas University Endowment Association.

Dr. Riller was born October 4, 1906, at Russ, Laciede County, MO. He was the only son of William Charles Ruler and Lula Imogene Riller. The family moved to Howard in 1917. He attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and graduated from Medical Center at Kansas City in 1934. He served the Kansas City and Independence, MO. area as an orthopedic surgeon for over 50 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Louise Ann Finch, a granddaughter, Caroline; a grandson, Stephen, all of Greenwich, CT., and Santa Fe, NM.; two sisters, Wilma L. Finley of Wichita, and Mattie E. McFarland of Howard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years. Velma Doris Fitzsimons.

Arrangements were made with D. W. Newcomer's Stine anc McClure Chapel.


Prairie Star - June 4, 2014

MR. ETHAN C. RIMEL

Ethan Colton Rimel, age 23 of Fall River, died Sunday, May 25, 2014. Ethan was born on Oct. 24, 1990 in Neodesha, the son of Philip L. Rimel and Shelley A. (Dannels) Blevins.

Ethan was a graduate of Fredonia High School class of 2009. He worked at Flint Oak as a Shooting Sports Manager. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, skeet and trap shooting, playing golf and working in his garden. He enjoyed being outdoors. Most of all he enjoyed being with his children.

Ethan is survived by his fiancé, Kayla Stafford of Fall River; sons, Colton and Canton of Fall River; siblings, Alexis Raine of Toronto, Kan., Samantha Ball of Fredonia, Kan., Philip Rimel of Fredonia, Kan., Tara Smith of Colorado, Tyler Blevins of Alaska; father, Philip L. Rimel of Fredonia, Kan.; mother: Shelley A. Blevins and husband Randy of Fall River, Kan.; step-mother, Bambi Rimel of Fredonia, Kan.; grandparents, Elizabeth Rimel of Fredonia, Kan., Dwane Johnson of Fredonia, Kan., Lois Dannels of Altoona, Kan.; great-grandparents, Lucille Doyle of Fredonia, Kan., and Virginia Rimel of Lawrence, Kan.

Ethan was preceded in death by his grandparents: Philip Rimel, Richard Dannels and Aleta Blevins.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 30, 2014 at Countryside Funeral Home with Mike Myers officiating. Burial followed at the Charleston Cemetery north of Fall River.

Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com Memorials have been suggested to either the: Colton & Canton Educational Fund or Ducks Unlimited, and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.

Services are entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.


Independence Reporter - February 27, 2008

MR. CHARLES A. RITZ

HOWARD-- Charles A. Ritz, 94, of Howard, died Monday at the Catholic Care Center in BelAire, Kan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be al 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, with burial in Mount Olivet cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Countryside Funeral Home in Fredonia.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary’s Building Fund or Catholic Care Center, and they may be sent to Countryside Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

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

Mr. Ritz was born on July 23, 1913 in Blaine County, Okla., to Benjamin and Rose (Cook) Ritz. He graduated from Okeene High school in Okeene, Okla.

During World war II, he served in the United States Army, receiving the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

On June 6, 1946 he married Rita Luetkemeyer in Enid, Okla., and she died in 1993.

Mr. Ritz owned and operated the Howard Ice Plant before becoming administrator of the Howard Twilight Manor.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, the Howard Lions Club, Howard City Council and American Legion. He was also an active Boy Scout leader.

Survivors include a son, Doug Ritz, Fredonia; two daughters, Yvonne Bryan, Valley Center, and Virginia Shirk, Yukon, Okla.; two brothers, Gene Ritz, Guthrie, Okla., and John Ritz, Yukon, Okla.; a sister, Gloria O’Conner, Oklahoma City, Okla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Prairie Star - February 18, 2009

MRS. BETTY L. RIZZUTO

Betty L. Rizzuto, 75, of Howard, died Jan. 26, 2009, in her home following a lengthy illness.

She was employed as a cosmetology teacher in Louisiana. She moved to Howard in 1993, and worked as a home healthcare provider. She was a member of the Howard Area Lions Club.

She was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Fort Worth, Texas, and was the adopted daughter of Carl Jack and Sue Turrentine. She married Charles Rizzuto in Louisiana, and he survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Cherry] Illg of Howard and Mrs. David (Carla) Laiche of Louisana; four granddaughters, Leslie Gerstner, Julie Childress, Nicole DeSotot, and Amanda Moss, all of Louisana; and three great-granddaughters, Paige Childress, Ashlyn DeSoto, and Alexis Knight, all of Louisana.

She also is survived by three stepdaughters, Lauriann Rizzuto and Sandy Fatten, both of Howard, and Mary Robin Newmaster of Independence; two stepsons, Chuck (Sandy) Rizzuto of Colorado and Joe Rizzuto of New York; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one stepgranddaughter.

Lakeview Funeral Home of Wichita is in charge of funeral arrangements and cremation. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.


Febuary 1990

MRS. ATLANTA C. ROBERGE

Atlanta Catherine Rogers Roberge, Elk Falls native died Feb. 19, in Edmonds, Washington. Service and burial were in Edmonds.

Catherine was born July 10, 1921 to Henry K. Rogers and Bertha Wicher Rogers. She attended Elk Falls schools, graduating in the Class of 1939. She taught school at Climax, Ks. for several years before moving to Seattle where she worked for Boeing during WW II.

On April 16, 1947 she was married to George Arthur Roberge, son of Ouilla James Roberge and Eleanor Roberge in Seattle,Wa.

She is survived by her husband, George, sons, Roger George Roberge of Concrete, Wa., Timothy Allen Roberge of Bothell, Wa., and Terence Anthony Roberge of Everett, Wa., grandchildren, Trevor, Addie Ann, and Andrew Roberge of Everett, Wa., brothers Ralph Rogers of Wichita, Ks.,and Fred Rogers of Independence, Mo. One son, Michael Benette Roberge, preceded her in death.


Prairie Star - January 19, 2011

MRS. VERA M. CONARD-ROBERTS

Vera Mae Conard-Roberts age 76, a longtime resident of Severy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at Via Christ St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1934 in Howard, the daughter of Vernon Cole and Lucy Edna (Fee) Adams. Vera was a graduate of Howard High School class of 1952. While in High School Vera found time to work in the Smith & Goodwin Store, make life-long friends with her classmates, cheerlead, and meet the love of her life Herbert Ivan Conard. On Oct. 12, 1952 Vera was united in marriage to Herbert Ivan Conard in Howard. Although Vera and Ivan grew up with very little, they worked hard and raised two children, Cole and Carey, and instilled a hard work ethic in them. The most important things in Vera's life were her family, church and friends. She never missed a family members' ball game. She was present for every one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's birth.

Vera and Ivan celebrated 51 wonderful years of marriage until his death on April 29, 2003. Vera was mother, grandmother, farmer and homemaker. She was a member of the Severy L Methodist Church, a member and president of UMW and the Cosmos Club since 1952. Vera enjoyed painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting baby blankets for all her grandchildren, attending auctions and collecting antiques.

On July 1, 2005 Vera married Bill Roberts in Severy.

Vera is survived by her husband Bill Roberts of Severy, one son Cole Conard and his wife Jeannie of Severy, one daughter Carey Triboulet and her husband Ed of Moline, two sisters Helen Hinkle of Howard and Georgia Ambler of Port Orchard. Wash., six grandchildren Will Conard, Robin Miner, Clay Conard, Adam Conard, Thad Triboulet and Megan Triboulet, and ten greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ivan Conard, two brothers Elmer Adams and Stanley Adams, and two sisters Francis Logsdon and Louella Foxx.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at Severy United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Cryderman officiating. Interment was at Twin Grove Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Severy 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.


Sedan Times-Star - March 19, 2003

MRS. FERN O. ROBERTS

CEDAR VALE — Fern 0. Roberts, 91, of Cedar Vale died early Friday, March 14, 2003, at the Cedar Vale Community Hospital in Cedar Vale.

Graveside services were Monday, March 17, 2003, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan, with Mike Morris officiating.

Fern was born on Aug. 7, 1911 in Grenola, Kan. She was raised by her grandparents. Fern married Glenn A. Roberts, Sr. They made their home in Grenola before moving to Sedan. Glenn preceded her in death. Fern owned and operated Roberts Grocery Store for several years. Later on, she worked for Harmon’s Grocery Store and for David Glynn at Harmon’s Drug Store.

She is survived by one son, J. C. Roberts, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, along with many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, and three sons, Glenn, Jr., Marvin and Jim.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and can be left with the Grave Funeral Home of Caney.


The Moline Advancwe - June 19, 1930

MRS. MELISSA J. ROBERTSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

MRS. N. A. ROBERTSON

Melissa Jane Mott was born in Ross county, Ohio, September 4the, 1863, and departed this life at St. Mary's Hospital in Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, June 12, 1930, age 66 years, 9 months and 8 days. She moved with her parents to Kansas at an early age, but owing to her father's health went to Illinois shortly afterward.

She was united in marriage to Nathan A. Robertson September 9th, 1880, and to this union were born two sons and three daughter, all of whom were at her bedside at her death.

She united with the Methodist Protestant church at Logan, Illinois, at the age of 14 years. A few years later, there was organized a United Brethren church at Quaker, Indiana, and she and her husband joined where their membership still remains.

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She leaves to mourn her loss, her life companion, Nathan A. Robertson; two sons, Harry and William Stephen Robertson of Dana, Indiana; three daughters, Mrs. Alta Fortner of West Hollywood, California; Mrs. Ethyl Fuhrer and Mrs. Florence Spray of Moline, Kansas; fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two brothers, Sherman Mott of Scotland, Illinois, and John Mott of Newport, Indiana, and two sisters Mrs. Josephine Mattox and Mrs. Idella Eklinger of Scotland, Illinois.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Moline, Saturday, June 14th, at 2:30 conducted by Rev. O. W. Dewey and interment was in the Moline cemetery.


Prairie Star - November 26, 2008

MRS. MILDRED L. ROBERTSON

Mildred "Mickie" L. Robertson, 87, formerly of Derby, died Saturday. Nov. 15, 2008.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 21 at Mission Chapel Mausoleum, 3424 E. 21st, Wichita.

Mickie was born April 20, 1921 in Cunningham, Kan. She married Roy Robertson on Aug. 3, 1941.

A highlight for family and friends were the 35 years she and Robbie owned and managed Wilson Lake. She is a former resident of Howard.

Survivors include her sisters Virginia Schaunaman and Retty Kagey of Riverside, Calif.; daughters Sheryl Cleverley, Baldwin; Lynne and John Holdal, Yachats, Ore.; Rebecca Gabriel, Overland Park; grandchildren Dolan Cleverley, Bloomington, Ind.; Shannon and Whit Thompson, sons Spencer and Ramsey, Penfield, NY; Denver Cleverley, Prairie Village; Kelly and Kali Ross, daughter Veda San Franciso, Calif.; Courtney Ross, San Francsico, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be sent to Midland Hospice of Topeka, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, or the Derby Library. View tributes at smithfamilymortuaries. com. Smith Mortuary of Derby in charge of arrangements.


The Moline Advance - June 12, 1930

MR. ULYSSES S. ROBERTSON - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Ulysses Sampson Robertson was born in Shelby County, Indiana, march 30, 1866, and died at his home near Howard, Kansas, June 4, 1930, aged 64 years, 3 months and 4 days. He came with his parents to Kansas at the age of 16 and had resided here since.

He was united in marriage to Anna McClintock May 25, 1910, and to this union two sons were born.

In 1923, he was converted at the Ross revival and united with the First Christian Church of Moline, which he attended until his death.

He leave to mourn his going his wife, Anna, and two sons, Lester and Clifford, of Howard, Kansas; three brothers, N. A. and J. F. Robertson of Moline, and J. W. Robertson of Howard; one sister, Mrs. D. B. McClintock of Moline, beside a host of other relatives and friends.

A large crowd attended his funeral at 2:30 p. m. Friday, June 6, 1930, held at the Christian Church of Moline, conducted by Mrs. Belle Reid Yates. The male quartet consisting of John Thompson, Arthur Lockard, R. H. Musson and Lewis Wilson sang appropriate songs, Rev. Dewey of the Moline M. E. Church offered prayer and the body was born to its last resting place in the Moline cemetery.


Prairie Star - July 23, 2014

MRS. DORIS F. ROBINSON

Doris F. Robinson, age 92, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed from this life on Monday, July 14, 2014 at The Cottages, Tulsa, Okla. The family relates death occurred from natural causes after a long, happy life.

Doris Fern DeMoss was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Moline, Kan., the fifth of six children born to Ernest (Bud) DeMoss and Alta (Robinson) DeMoss.

Doris grew up in the Moline area. She attended country schools until she reached high school and then attended Moline High School. It was there that Leroy Robinson first caught her eye.

After high school she attended beauty school in Coffeyville. With the outbreak of World War II she moved to Wichita and worked two jobs. During the day she styled and cut hair and [then] worked the evening shift at Boeing. Throughout the war she corresponded with Leroy who was in the Army in Europe. Once Leroy returned from Europe, they became an “exclusive couple” and married not too long after.

Doris and Leroy were inseparable as a couple. They began working oil leases around the Sedan area soon after they were married. Their son, Ed, was born in 1950. Not too many years after Ed’s birth, they moved to Winfield where both of them were employed by the Sonner Burner Company. They finally [eventually] got jobs with Phillips Petroleum and moved to Bartlesville, Okla. Although they didn’t work in the same departments, they often met for lunch. Occasionally they would pack a lunch in the morning and enjoy a picnic in the park during their lunch break.

Ed is a musician and [has] played in bands since his high school days in Bartlesville. Doris and Leroy would occasionally venture out to one of his band’s gigs. Ed’s friends were amazed at their [his folks’] jitterbug moves. They didn’t just enjoy each other’s company during the work week. Weekends would find them pursuing one of their hobbies. At first, it was fishing but eventually golf came to be their hobby of choice. They enjoyed nothing more than playing golf together.

Although they loved their golfing weekends, they always found time to spend with family. Nothing thrilled their nieces and nephews more than spending time with them. After they retired from Phillips they moved to Hot Springs, Ark., where they had a house on the golf course. Deciding that the house in Hot Springs was not really suitable for living full time, they moved to Bentonville, Ark. They spent the remainder of their years together in Bentonville, gardening and playing golf.

After Leroy’s death in 1992, Doris moved to Bella Vista where she and her sister, Evelyn were next door neighbors. This became a gathering place for their extended family for holidays and family reunions. They even took in their Louisiana family for nearly a month after Hurricane Katrina. Doris and Evelyn gathered up their sister, Irene, and took trips to visit family in Ohio and Idaho. These 3 sisters at the ages of 88, 86, and 85 drove to New Orleans for the wedding of their great niece.

Eventually, Doris’s health declined and she was in need of every day assistance. She then moved to Grove, Okla., to be near her [loving] niece, Linda Swindler.

Doris will be remembered for her love for Leroy and Ed and her family. She will also be remembered for her love of life and golf.

Doris Robinson is survived by her only child, Ed Robinson of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Irene Helton of Caney, Evelyn Eales of Bella Vista, Ark., and Jean Kiser, Bellflower, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, and a host of life-long friends. Celebration of life services were held Monday, July 21, a the Potts Chapel in Caney, Kan., with interment following at Ames Chapel, Elk County, Kan.

The family has suggested memorials to Physicians Choice Hospice for taking wonderful care of Doris in her final days. Donors may also contribute to an organization of their choice designating in memory of Doris Robinson. Donations may be left with the Potts Chapel in Caney.


March 1979

MR. HENRY M. ROBINSON

Henry Milton Robinson, son of Ervln and Nettie Davis Robinson, was born August 4, 1895 at Attica, Kansas and passed away March 23,1979 in Attica, Kansas at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Grace Edna Gardner September 24, 1919 at Anthony, Kansas. To this union was born one daughter, Virginia.

Henry was engaged in farming and worked for the City of Attica a number of years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Grace, who passed away October 20, 1976.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia, and her husband, Maurice Marion, of Moline,Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Bush of Attica; three grandchildren, Kathy Marion, Mrs. Allen (Nelda) Jeffery, and Ruth Ann Marion; two great grandchildren, Michael and Megan Leigh Jeffery; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the Elliott Chapel at Anthony with Rev. Dan L. Bettis officiating. Mrs. Roger Mo Creery and Mrs. Larry Lichlyter sang "In The Garden" and "The Holy Hills of Heaven Call Me" accompanied by Mrs. Virgil Brown. Casket bearers were Don Bateman, Myron Grigsby, Charles Catlin, Glendon Martin, Frank Stewart, and Fred Freeman. Interment was in the Attica Cemetery. The Elliott Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


June 5, 1969

MRS. LULU S. ROBINSON

Services for a farmer Moiine resident

Mrs. Marvin Allen (Lulu Sara)Robinson 77, of Durango, Colo,who died Thursday at a nursing home were held in Durango. Graveside services were held in Cedar Cemetery at Montrose.

Lulu Saran Schupp was born April 18, 1892 at Moline the daughter of Montgomery O. and Mary Elizabeth (Finley) Schupp. She went to Colorado and to Montrose in 1909 and the following year was married to Marvin Allen Robinson.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Robinson is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Nelma Andrew, Durango; two grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Bessie Tunison, Moline, and a brother, Hershey Schupp, Cambria, California.


March 7, 2001 Sedan Times-Star

MRS. NORMA J. ROBINSON

Norma Jean Robinson, age 76, of Peru, Kansas, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2001 at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan, KS.

Norma was born on May 11, 1924 in Chanute, KS to Clayton and Olive Rose (Spradin) Copeland. She attended schools in Chanute and Moline, Kansas. Norma married Beryl A. Robinson on October 5, 1941 in Sedan.

Norma attended the Methodist Church in Moline and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Sedan. Norma loved fishing and golfing, as well as many other outdoor activities.

Norma is survived by her husband, Beryl A. Robinson, of the home, one daughter, Rose Hutton, Sedan, KS, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Phylis Pemgo, Leota Fuips and Eleanor Mitchel, one daughter, Rebecca Sue Sanders and one son. John Sidney Robinson.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Memorials are suggested to the Sedan EMT and to Hospice of Wichita care of the Graves Funeral Home.

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


July 1969

MR. LAWRENCE RODIN

Lawrence Rodin died July 12, 1969 at San Pablo, California, at the age of 70. He was a native Kansas and former resident of Elk county. He is survided by his widow, Elizabeth Rodin, a daughter Mrs. Patricia Ann Nu-Delman; four grandchildren, Mrs. Walter Durling, Candiced Ann, Liss Ann and Daniel Sid Nu-Delman, and one great granddaughter, Shanna Nu-Delman.

Funeral Services were held July 14, 1:00 p.m. at Keaton's Morturry, San Rafael. Entombment was in Mount Tamalpals Mausoleum.

Mrs. Rodin will reside with her daughter, Mrs. Sidney Nu-Delman.


Prairie Star - October 1, 2008

MRS. EFFIE L. ROE

Effie Louise Brock Roe, 71 of Grenola, passed away Saturday night, Sept. 27, 2008 at her home.

Funeral services will be held on Wed, Oct.l, at 1 p.m. at the Grenola United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery north of Arkansas City.

A Memorial has been established in Mrs. Roe's name for the Royal Neighbors in Grenola. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.


July 1995

MISS LILLIAN E. ROE

Lillian Elvira Evangeline "Eva” Roe passed away Sunday, July 23, 1995 at Mercy Hospital in Independence, KS. She was 92 years of age.

Eva. as she was known, was born September 19, 1902 in Salina, KS. to Theodore Orval and Myrtle Mary (Laughlin) Roe. She was the 5th child of eight. Eva attended Iron Mount School in Salina and graduated from the 9th grade. She took care of her mother until her mother died and then moved to California. She lived in California for about five years taking care of the elderly in their homes. While she was there, she earned a Certificate of Practical Nursing from one of the Doctors. She also clerked in a department store and baby—sat with children in their homes.

Eva later moved to be with her sister, Inez, in Fall River, KS. Here she nannied her nieces and nephews and even some of the great-nieces and nephews. She stayed with her family in Fall River until ill health attributed to her move to Twilight Manor in Howard in 1976. This was a short stay and she returned to Fall River until December of 197? when she returned to Howard Twilight Manor. She remained a resident of Howard Twilight Manor until her death.

Eva is survived by nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews. a host of friends and cat “Angel”. She was preceded death by her parents; two brothers Orvin and Archie, and five sisters Lena, Josephine, Bernice, Inez, and Una.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 27, 1995 at Howard Twilight Manor in Howard, KS., with Rev. Robin Haines officiating. Sharon Hughes was the pianist with soloist Matthew Stephens singing the selections, “One Day At A Time” and “In The Garden’. Memorials to Howard Twilight Manor may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Moline Review - July 28, 1899

INFANT MILDRED MAY ROE - Submitted by Dan Durbin

DIED: Mildred May, daughter of Carl and Rosa Roe, was born December 28, 1898, and died Sunday, July 23, 1899. The period of sickness covered but a few days and was not considered serious. On Sunday the symptoms suddenly alarmed the young mother and she called experienced ones who truly said, "It is passing away, and will be gone before a physician can be summoned." On Monday at 2 p. m. the neighbors assembled at the residence of Mr. Christ J. Beu, where a funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. C. Goodwin and Elder C. Henderson, after which the body was laid to rest in Moline cemetery. W.C.G.


Sedan Times-Star - July 4, 2001

MR. CHARLES L. ROGERS

Charles Leland Rogers passed away on Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was 88 years of age and a resident of rural Moline.

Leland, as he was known, was born on March 4, 1913 near Cedar Vale to Edwin Albert and Pearl K. (Nelson) Rogers. Later, his mother died leaving his father to raise their three children.

Leland attended school at Cloverdale and also attended the School of the Ozarks before graduating from Cedar Vale High School in 1932. As a young man, Leland had a varied life. He traveled with the wheat harvest with his brother, Edwin, and spent some time in California as a lumberjack and gold prospector.

On March 1, 1943, he married Mable Irene Bolton at Independence, Kansas and they began farming near Grenola, Kansas. Leland was also employed for several years at Martin-Marietta Rock Quarry and Meish Construction as a heavy equipment operator. In 1949, the family moved to a farm five miles south of Moline and began to raise cattle as they acquired more grassland.

Leland took flying lessons at an airfield south of Sedan, Kansas. His children grew up with fond memories of Leland taking them fishing. He was a member of Hope Masonic Lodge #155 at Howard and received his 50 year certificate of membership on January 1, 2000. Leland was a long time member of the Moline United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mable, a son, Charles, Wichita, KS, daughters, Mary Tjaden and her husband, Jake, Byers, KS, Barbara Grimes and her husband, Alvin, Park City, KS, Janie Williams and her husband, Gary, Wichita, KS and Karen Hey, Bartlesville, OK, a sister, Helen Rose, Cedar Vale, KS, five grandchildren, Kelli (Tjaden) Dodson, Rebecca Reed, Michael and Christopher Williams and Matthew Hey and two great grandchildren, Jacob and Alex Dodson. His parents, brother, Edwin, and his son-in-law, William Hey, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 am. Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at the Moline United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Parsons officiating. Wanda Mills was the organist with Judy and David Wolfe singing How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace. Casket bearers were Kelli Dodson, Matthew Hey, Becky Reed, Darin Reed, David Rogers, Ronnie Rogers, Van Shaff and Michael Williams. Honorary casket bearers were Alexandra Dodson, Jacob Dodson and Christopher Williams. Masonic graveside services were conducted by Hope Lodge #155 at the Moline Cemetery in Moline, Kansas.

A memorial has been established with the Moline United Methodist Church in Moline. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. Arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.


Prairie Star - July 1, 2009

MR. HAROLD E. ROGERS

Harold E. "Gene" Rogers, 78, of Galva, Kan., died Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at Lindsborg Community Hospital. His parents were former residents of Howard, Roy and Lucille (DeVoe) Rogers. No service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galva Senior Center in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Prairie Star - July 1, 2009

MR. JAMES D. ROGERS

James D. "Jingles" Rogers, 70, of McPherson, Kan., died Saturday, June 20, 2009, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in McPherson. His parents were Roy and Lucille (DeVoe) Rogers who were residents of Howard at one time.

A private service was held on June 25, at 10 a.m. at Empire Cemetery, Galva Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Maxwell (game preserve and state fishing lake) in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Sedan Times-Star - January 10, 2007

MR. LEWIS D. ROGERS

Lewis D. (L.D.) Rogers. age 62, resident of Bartlesville, Okla., died on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 at St. John Medical Center at Tulsa.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 in the Wann Community Center at Wann, Okla. Interment was held in the Rogers Cemetery west of Welch, Okla.

L.D. was born August 28, 1944 at Grain Valley, Mo. to Everett Louis and Nellie Florien (Mitchell) Rogers. He was raised and received his education in Wimer and Welch, Okla., graduating from Welch High School in 1962.

L.D. was married to Virginia MacNelson on Aug. 4, 1962 at Edna, Kan. L.D. was employed at the Halsell Ranch near Welch and later worked for Shoat Webster and the Half Circle Ranch for several years. He began his career in law enforcement in Nowata, County Okla., and served as a Deputy, Investigator, and Under-sheriff before starting the R & R Auction Company in Lenapah, Okla. He later moved his auction service to Chelsea, Okla.

Mr. Rogers was a self-employed craftsman for many years. In 2000 he became disabled.

Survivors include two sons, Glen Dale Rogers and Kenneth Lee Rogers, both of Lenapah, Okla., his mother Nellie Florien Rogers of Bartlesville; three brothers, Lester Leon Rogers of Dewey, Okla., Dennis Ray Rogers of Lenapah, Okla, and David Eugene Rogers of Anzona City. Ariz.; three sisters Nancy Jane Hait of Oolagah. Okla., Kathy Lou Cummings of Howard, Kan. and Mary Elizabeth Johnston of Dothan, Ala.; four grandchildren and three great-grandcildren. He was preceded in death by his father.


Prairie Star - November 26, 2008

MRS. MABLE I. ROGERS

Mable Irene Rogers, age 89, of Bartlesville, Okla., passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2008 at the Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Okla.

She was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Waunetta, Kan., to Lydia and Frank Bolton.

She married Leland Rogers on March 1, 1943. They made their first home near Grenola, and then moved near Moline.

Mable attended Emporia State College and received her teaching certificate. She taught at Lebo, Belknap, and Moline Grade School until she retired in 1981.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Bolton of Newton, and Joe Bolton of California; children, Mary and Jake Tjaden of Byers, Kan.; Barbara and Alvin Grimes of Park City, Kan.; Karen Hey of Bartlesville, Okla.; Charles Rogers and Janie Williams of Wichita; grandchildren, Becky and Darren Reed of St. John, Kan., Michael and Cass Williams, and Christopher Williams of Wichita, and Mathew Hey of Bartlesville, Okla., and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lydia and Frank Bolton, six brothers, husband, Leland Rogers, two sons-in-law William Hey and Gary Williams and one granddaughter Kelli Tjaden-Dodson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at the Moline United Methodist Church with Reverend Gary Parsons and Chan Lovelace officiating. Interment followed at the Moline City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the: Moline United Methodist Church or the Moline Public Library and may be left with the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - May 8, 2002

MR. GRANVILLE ROMANS

Granville McArthur Romans passed away on Monday, April, 29, 2002 at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. He was 78 years of age and a long time resident of Moline. Art, as he was known, was born on April 21, 1924 in the Big Apple community of Oregon County, Missouri to William Clinton and Lola Alice (House) Romans. He attended Big Apple School and grew to manhood in the Big Apple community.

On November 27, 1948, he married Betty Lou Yarbrough at West Plains, Missouri and to this union was born three sons, Jesse, Jacky and James. Art and Betty moved to Elk Falls, Kansas in 1950, and he was employed by the Rural Electric Association for a brief time. In 1951, Art became a heavy equipment operator for Concrete Materials, which later became Martin-Marietta Aggregates of Moline. Art and Betty moved to Moline in 1961 where he continued working for Martin-Marietta until his retirement in 1987. On December 31, 1992, he entered Elk Manor Nursing Home and remained a resident there until his death.

He was a long time member of the Moline Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his sons, Jesse of Carrollton, Georgia and James of Little River, Kansas; his brothers, Harold, Johnny and Bill of West Plains, Missouri and Hubert of Martell Nebraska, a sister Hazel Ledbetter of West Plains, Missouri; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Jacky, his parents, two brothers, one sister and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2002 at the Moline Christian Church with Pastor Ted Smith officiating. Wanda Mills was the organist with Glen Ridgeway and Wanda Lee Mills singing “Amazing Grace” and Lloyd G. Zimmerman singing “How Great Thou Art". The casket bearers were Dennis Hogan, Tom Mills, Richard Moreno, Mike Murphy, Robert Wilson, and Johnny Wilson. Interment was held at the Moline Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Elk Manor Nursing Home Of Moline. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Howard Courant - February 2, 1911

MRS. AMELIA NOWLIN ROOT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Amelia Nowlin was born in Darke county, Ohio, February 10, 1834, and died in Elk Falls, Kansas, January 26, 1911, age almost 77 years.

She was married to Joseph Root in the spring of 1866. To this union were born two sons, Phares and William. At the time of her burial, neither sons nor husband were able to be present because of illness.

The family came to Elk Falls in 1871 and this has been their home ever since.

She united with the United Brethren church in early life and was ever known as an earnest Christian woman, one whose life was made up of kind ministries to those with whom she mingled. The funeral took place in the M. E. church at 10 a.m., January 28, where a goodly number of friends of the family met to pay this tribute of respect to her memory. The casket containing the loved form was lowered to its final resting place in Elk Falls cemetery to await the Resurrection morning.


Howard Courant - July 7, 1921

MR. JOSEPH ROOT - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY -- Joseph Root
Joseph Root was born in Miami county, Ohio, February 20th, 1839 and passed out of this life at St. Cloud, Florida, June 22nd, 1921, aged 82 years, 4 months, and 2 days. When he was but a boy, his parents moved to Wabash, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. On August 20th, 1861, he enlisted in Co I, 8th Indiana Infantry, and served four years. He was in 23 engagements and went through the war without a wound, and escaped capture. He was discharged as a Corporal, August 28th, 1865.

He married Miss Amelia Nowlin in 1866. To this union were born two sons who are yet living--William, of Topeka, Kansas; and Phares of Independence, Kansas. The family came to Kansas in 1871 and to Elk Falls in 1874. He was postmaster four years. He worked at the tinner trade to some extent. He was a quiet, industrious, upright in all his doings, respected by all who knew him. His wife died. Five years ago he went to St. Cloud, Florida where he resided until his death. He was a charter member of Rawlins Post No. 26, G. A. R. and took a deep interest in the order. His remains were brought to Elk Falls arriving Friday morning at 5 o'clock and were taken to the M. E. church,m where a brief service was held at 10 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Pratt. Mr. N. Hill gave a short address. The music was arranged by Mrs. Hutcheson. There were beautiful tributes of flowers on the casket.

Burial took place in the Elk Falls cemetery in the family lot. The relatives are grateful to those who so kindly ministered to them in their hour of sorrow.


May 1979

MR. LEONARD ROOT

On Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m., there will be a graveside service in the Elk Falls cemetery for Leonard Root.

Leonard was born in Elk Falls and lived there until he was nine years old when the family moved to Independence.

He was a brother of Mrs. Ralph (Zora) Perkins (deceased) of Howard.


Howard Courant - April 3, 1924

MR. SAMUEL ROOT - Submitted by L. Morgan

Samuel Root, aged 81 years, five months and eleven days, passed out of this life March 28, 1924 at the family home in West Elk Falls after an illness of several months. He was a Veteran of the Civil War serving as a private in Co. F, 138th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was the last of the members of Rawlins Post # 26, G.A.R. residing in or near Elk Falls--only three Union soldiers of that war remain in this vicinity. Mr. Root was a member of the German Baptist church in his younger days.

He married Sarah Wisel in Indiana, December 26, 1862. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters. His wife and one daughter passed on before him. The other children were present at the funeral which took place Saturday at 2:30 conducted by Elder Newton Hill, a friend of the family. Interment at Elk Falls cemetery.

Thus a good man goes from us---a man highly respected by all who knew him. There were beautiful floral tributes from friends of Mr. Root and family.


October 1996

MR. LEONARD C. ROPER

HOWARD — Leonard Clyde Roper, 85, died Monday at the Howard Twilight Manor nursing home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with the Rev. Robin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God Church officiating. Graveslde services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wichita Park Cemetery in Wichita. Memorials are suggested with the Howard Twilight Manor recreation fund and may be left with the funeral home.

Born on April 23, 1911, in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Roper was the son of Francis M. and Beulah (Brown) Roper. He attended school in Woolsey, Ark.

He worked at Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita during World War II. He lived in Wichita until moving to a farm eight miles north of Howard In 1952. A carpenter, he also raised livestock and farmed. He entered Howard Twilight Manor in 1990.

He married Edna Alexander. They were later divorced. On March 12, 1947, he married Clara (Fry) Redmond in Wichita. She died in 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard C. Roper Jr., St. Louis, Mo., and Roland D. Roper, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter, Hope Buford, Oklahoma City; a stepdaughter, Floann Tague, Wichita; and several grandchildren, stepgrandchlldren, great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.


Sedan Times-Star - April 21, 2004

MRS. FERN E. ROSS

MOLINE, Kan. - Fern Elizabeth Ross passed away on Friday, April 9, 2004, at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline, Kan. She was 89 years of age. Fern was born on Sept. 13, 1914 at Belknap, Kan. to Jessie O. and Hattie (Shuckers) Stewart. She attended country schools and graduated from Sedan High School.

Fern began teaching in Chautauqua County, Kan. at an early age and taught in rural schools for several years. On Oct. 10, 1938, she married Albert J. Ross and they made their home in New York City during most of their lives. After the death of Mr. Ross on June 7, 1978, Fern returned to Kansas and lived in Sedan to be near her sister, Letitia Mundy. Fern has been a resident of the Elk Manor Nursing Home since December of 1984.

She is survived by her nieces, Dorothy Langley Talbot, Overland Park, Kan., Marjorie Cooper, Cedar Vale and Elizabeth Kerr, Coffeyville and several other nieces, nephews and cousins including Stuart Jensen, Darwin Jensen, Enid “Judy” Trenhoim and Regina Jensen Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Floyd Stewart, and two sisters, Enid Jensen and Letitia “Lettie” Mundy.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the Belknap Cemetery in Belknap, Kan., with Pastor Robin Haines of the Flint Hills Assembly of God in Howard officiating.

A memorial has been established with the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Prairie Star - January 11, 2012

MR. DELBERT ROTHGEB

Delbert Rothgeb, son of Ira and Nettie Rothgeb, passed away at the age of 99 at Kingman Regional Hospital in Kingman on New Year's Eve. He had been living in Kingman with daughter Anita Jones for the past 10 years.

He was born Aug. 17, 1912, at Upola, north of Longton, Kan. He lived in that community until moving to Arizona in 1942. After living in Phoenix for four years he moved back to Longton where he was engaged in farming. He later moved to Arkansas, where he was in the chicken business, having caged layers.

Upon retirement, he moved to Bentonville before going to Arizona to live.

In 1933, he married Eleanor Zollars. To this union two children were born, James Leroy of Minneapolis and Mary Anita Jones of Kingman. This union ended in divorce. He later married Eva Reno, Grace Mantooth, and Helen Hite. They all preceded him in death.

He was also preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Russell and Allen; and one sister, Mary Buchanan. He is survived by two sisters, Viola Reynolds and Myrtle Kramer both of Independence, Kan. Other survivors are both of his children, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Longton Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his name to the Salvation Army, Southwest Division, P.O. Box 470, Kingman, AZ 86402-0470. Note: Rothgeb Memorial.


December 1993

MR. RUSSELL D. ROTHGEB

Russell D. Rothgeb, 79, of Longton, died Wednesday December 22, 1993, at the home of his son, Ray Rothgeb, in Independence.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 24, 1993, at Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home, with the Rev. Reinhold Schmidt, interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in the Longton Cemetery.

Mr. Rothgeb was born January 24, 1914 in Elk County to Ira T. and Mary A. (Hamilton) Rothgeb. He attended Longton schools and lived in Elk County his entire life.

He was a retired farmer and horseman and was a former mayor of Longton and former Elk County Commissioner. He also was a member of the Kansas Thoroughbred Association.

On November 25, 1932 he married Frances C. Whiteside. She survives in Independence. Also surviving are one son, Ray D. Rothgeb of Independence two daughters, Edna M. Rausch of Wichita and Judy A. Beem of Bentonville AR., two brothers, Delbert of Bentonville, AR., and Allen of Longton, three sisters, Mary Buchanan of Youngstown AZ., Myrtle Kramer of Altoona and Viola Reynolds of Longton and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the service were Mr. Rothgeb grandsons Doug Rothgeb, David Rothgeb, Mark Rausch, Jason Beem, Darin Beem and Norbert Posch.


Howard Courant-Citizen - January 5, 1956

MR. JAMES A. ROWE - Submitted by L. Morgan

OBITUARY -- ROWE
James Alvin Rowe, son of Ed and Armanda Rowe, was born in Willow Hill, Illinois, September 26, 1875. He came to Kansas with the family at the age of eight. They came to Neosho county, later moving to Elk county, where he lived most of his life on a farm.

In 1898 he was married to Gertrude Burtch. To this union were born two children, a son, Carl, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Thelma K. Rowe Barnaby, who passed away in 1932.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Gertrude; a grandaughter, Leota Cass; two great grandsons, Francis Leo and Jimmie; one great great grandson, Jerry Lee Cass; one brother, Claude Rowe of Decatur, Illinois; four half-sisters, nieces and nephews, and a number of cousins.

At the age of 19 he joined the Christian church at Humboldt, Kansas, and lived that faith until his death.

He passed away at Newton Memorial hospital in Winfield, Kansas, at 11: 30, December 31, 1955, at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 5 days.

Memorial services were held at the Moon Chapel in Howard, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 2nd, the Rev. P. L. Mitchell of the Howard Methodist church officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Willard Morss and Mrs. Alex Rader, with Mrs. Willis Miller accompanist. The casket bearers were Clyde Carson, Harry Dodd, Harry Dotterer, A. Z. Robinson, Ray Snowden and Raymond Moody. Concluding services and interment were in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard, Kansas.


1996

MRS. DOTTIE ROY

Word has been received of the death of Dottie Clark Roy of Yucca Valley, CA.

Dottie was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Clark of Moline, KS. She attended Star school and was a graduate of the Moline High Schoo’ the class of 1930.

After leaving Moline she was a member of the Red Cross for several years.

She later made her home in Yucca Valley, Ca., becoming amember of the Hi-Desert Playhouse Guild, Inc. She was also a board member of the Morongo Basin Ambulance Assn., a lifetime member of the Friends of the Yucca Valley library, and a member of Hospice and the Unity Church of Morongo Basin.

She leaves two sisters, Nell and Alice and a brother, Albert and a host of friends and relatives.


Prairie Star - December 3, 2008

MRS. BESSIE M. ROYSE

Bessie Marie {Osborn) Royse, age 88, a resident of Howard, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 at Via Chris-ti Medical Center in Wichita. Bessie was born on Jan. 18, 1920 in Elk Falls, the oldest child of Charles of Ida Mae (Bennett) Osborn.

Bessie was a graduate of Elk Falls High School. After graduating school Bessie worked making $1.00 per week salary. On Aug. 31, 1941 Bessie was united in marriage to Darrell F. Royse. Darrell joined the army and Bessie remained in Elk Falls as postmaster and later joined Darrell in San Antonio. When the war ended Darrell, Bessie, and daughter Darlene returned to Elk Falls.

Bessie was a homemaker while her children were growing up. She later was the cook for the Elk Falls schools then Elk Manor Nursing Home. Bessie became postmaster at Elk Falls and retired in 1990 at age 70. After retirement Bessie began making quilts. After gifting family members she turned to giving quilts to friends and found great joy in the preparation of each quilt and the actual giving of it to the friends.

She is survived by two daughters; Darlene Bradley and husband Ron of Howard, and Claudia Ortega and husband Steve of Topeka, one son-in-law Tom Burke of Gahana, Ohio, one grandson Darren Ortega and wife Kristy of Topeka, two brothers Cecil Osborn and wife Mary of Garfield, Ark., and George Osborn and wife Twyla of Collinsville, Okla., one sister Barbara Senders of Belleview, Wash. She also considered Gail and Donna Martinson of Junction City as children and Jill and Clint Martinson as grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Darrell in 1975, daughter Debra Burke in February 2008, both parents, two sisters; Helen Cooley Davis and Viola Barnett.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Pastors Robin Haines and Dena Allison officiating. Interment was at the Elk Falls Cemetery.

Family suggests contributions to either the Elk Falls United Methodist Church or Howard Senior Citizen Center and may be left with the funeral home.

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


June 21, 1929

MRS. FRANCES R. ROYSE - Submitted by Louise Havens

Frances Russell was born in Franklin County, Indiana, October 27, 1840 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Ealley, June 21, 1929, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 24 days.

At the age of 12 years she moved with her parents to Missouri. She was united in marriage to William Royse in Musser (Mercer) county, Missouri, March 15, 1859. To this union were born seven children, of whom three --Lottie and Fred E. Royse and Mrs. Lilly Dewitt--having preceded her in death. Those who survive are Jeptha Royse, Mrs. Florence Poole and Mrs. Mary Ealley of Howard, Kansas and Mrs. Sarah M. Barnes of Gage, Oklahoma. The husband and father passed away October 15, 1919.

Mrs. Royse has lived in this community for almost 60 years and was highly respected by all. She was a member of the Cresco Christian Church all the time she lived in this community, and was faithful to the church of her choice until her death.

Besides the children, she leaves three sisters --Mrs. Anna Schoonover of Vancouver, Washington, Mrs. Katie Thompson of Orchard, Washington, and Lizzie Bennett of Woodland, Washington-- 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church by J. F. Buhalts, minister, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment in Cresco cemetery.


Prairie Star - February 11, 2009

MR. FRED O. ROYSE

Fred 0. Royse of Winfield 69, died Thursday, Feb. 5 2009, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Wichita.

Fred was born, Sept. 17 1939 in rural Longton, th« son of Hugh and Mary (Lewis) Royse.

Fred attended and graduated from Longton High School the class of 1958. He enlistee into the United States Army in January 1961 at Everett, Wash. After basic training in California, he attended mechanics and electronic communicatior training. Fred served in Korea South Vietnam and two terms in Germany. He served in the U. S. Army for 16 years. In his spare time, Fred liked to work with leather making purses and other leather items. He was an avid John Wayne movie collector and liked working with electronics.

Fred is survived by his daughter Renee Castorena Independence; mother Mary S. Royse, Augusta; four sisters Susan Eppard and husband Jim of Augusta, Alvena Spurrier of Boise, Idaho, Mary Lynn Howell of Wichita, and Joyce Kelly of Neosho, Mo., three grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at Zimmerman Funeral Home, with Pastor Robin Raines officiating. Burial followed at Grace Lawn Cemetery, with Military Honors by Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Online Condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh. com. Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.A. Hospital Wichita, Hospice Unit and can be left with the 'funeral home. Services are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


Sedan Times-Star - October 2, 2002

MR. GEORGE ROYSE

George Austin Royse passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 at the Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. He was 88 years of age and a long time resident of Longton. He was born on March 2, 1914 at Hooker, Okla. to Fred Eugene and Ethel Pearl (Small) Royse. George attended rural school near Hooker before moving to the Elk Falls area with his family in November of 1924.

On May 10, 1938, he married Mable Grace Sprague at Sedan, and to this union were born three daughters, Joan Elda, Mildred and Ethel. He was a devoted husband and father, and was a farmer and stockman in the Longton and Elk City area throughout his life. Grace preceded him in death on June 7,1980.

On Feb. 22,1982, he married Ruth Osborn at Springfield, Colo. They made their home on the farm northwest of Elk City until moving to Longton in 1987. George has been a resident of the Elk Manor Nursing Home at Moline since January of this year. He was a long time member of the Longton United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Longton; his daughters, Jean Elda Miller of Lee's Summit, MO. Mildred Beiter and her husband Jim of Coffeyville and Ethel Holloway and her husband Tom of Elkhart, Ind, his stepdaughter, Lyneva Bryan and her husband Steve of Herington, Kan.; his sister, Edith Sprague of Shawnee, Kan.; six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace; his parents; two brothers, Hugh and Darrell and a sister, Lois Harris.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Longton United Methodist Church with Pastor Burt Santee officiating. Joan Baughman was the pianist with Licia Nichols singing "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged Cross". The casket bearers were Jim Beiter, Tim Cook, Roger Graves, Tom Holloway, Travis Miller and Bill Sprague. Interment was held at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.

rsday Funeral arrangements have not been completed at the time of this writing.


The Wichita EAgle - July 2, 1999

MR. HUGH E. ROYSE - Submitted by Louise Havens

LONGTON --- ROYSE, Hugh E., 90 retired farmer, died Wednesday, June 30, 1999. Service 2 p.m., Saturday, Zimmerman Funeral Home, Howard. Survivors: wife, Mary; son, Fred of Arkansas City; daughters, Alvena Spurrier of Boise, Idaho, Mary Lynn Howell of Wichita, Joyce Kelly of Neosho, MO, Susan Johnson of Augusta; brother, George of Longton; sister, Edith Sprague of Caney; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Kansas Lions Sight Foundation.

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Winfield Daily Courier, Saturday July 3, 1999

MOLINE - Hugh Eugene Royse, 90, longtime resident of Longton, died June 30, 1999, at Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Pastor Robin Haines will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation. Contributions may be left at the funeral home. Zimmerman Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Royse was born Aug. 30, 1908, on a farm near Howard, to Fred Eugene and Ethel Pearl (Small) Royse. In 1913 the family moved to Oklahoma where he attended rural school. In January 1924 the family returned to Kansas in a covered wagon. They made their home near Elk Falls until moving to Longton in 1927.

On April 30, 1930, he married Mary Susan Lewis in Elk Falls. They made their home on a farm near Longton for many years. In 1946 he became employed at the Elk County Highway Department and worked there until he retired in 1957. He entered Elk Manor Nursing Home on March 19 of this year.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Royse, Longton; a son, Fred Royse, Arkansas City; four daughters, Alvena Spurrier, Boise, Idaho, Mary Lynn Howell, Wichita, Joyce Kelly, Neosho, Mo., and Susan Johnson, Augusta; a brother, George Royse, Longton; a sister, Edith Sprague, Caney; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


The Howard Courant - October 23, 1941

MR. JEPTHA A. ROYSE - Submitted by Louise Havens

Jeptha Austin Royse was born March 3, 1858 in Mercer County Missouri, the son of William and Frances Royse and passed away at the home of his step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Homer Coonrod, north of Howard. He was 83 years, 7 months and 14 days of age at the time of his passing.

He was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Coonrod of Howard in April 1901. Mrs. Royse preceded him in death. Two children were born to this union, the oldest of which died in infancy and the other, Opal passed away at about the age of five years.

He is survived by his sister Florence Poole of Howard, and two step-sons, Homer of Howard, KS and Hall of Racine, Wisconsin. He had resided in this community for about 68 years and was a member of the Baptist church.

Funeral services were held at the home of his step-son, Homer Coonrod, Sunday, October 19th, at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. E. H. Milton, pastor of the Howard Baptist Church. Interment was at the Cresco Cemetery north of Howard.


The Wichita EAgle - June 9, 1980

MRS. MABLE G. ROYSE - Submitted by Louise Havens

LONGTON --- Mable Grace (Mrs. George A.) Royse, 62, died Saturday. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Longton United Methodist Church. Survivors: husband; daughters, Mrs. Jean Elda Miller of Lee's Summit, MO., Mrs. Mildred Beiter of Coffeyville, Mrs. Ethel Hollowary of Concordia; brother, Sprague of Caney; sister, Mrs. Viola Lacy of Independence. Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Zimmerman Funeral Home. Howard


The Howard Courant - December 12, 1940

MRS. MARY E. ROYSE - Submitted by Louise Havens

ROYSE--Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Royse passed away at the home of her son four miles north of Howard, December 5, 1940, at the age of 76 years, 1 month, and 6 days.

She was born in Franklin county, Kansas, October 29, 1864. When yet a girl she united with the Cresco Christian church, but in 1910 became a member of the New Salem Baptist church. She was active in her church work, and greatly enjoyed these associations, until she became physically unable to participate.

Mrs. Royse is survived by her husband, J. A. Royse and two sons, Homer Conrad of Howard, and Hall Conrad of Racine, Wisconsin. Also one sister, Mrs. E. A. Preston of Howard, and one grandson, Eugene Conrad of Betrand, Nebraska.

Funeral services were conducted in the Moon Funeral Home, Howard, Sunday, December 8th, at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. L. V. Osborne, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Soloist, Darrel Vinette, Accompanied by Miss Helen Thornton. Interment in the Cresco cemetery.


Prairie Star - December 14, 2011

MRS. MARY S. ROYSE

Mary Susan (Lewis) Royse, 102, passed away December 5, 2011.

Mary was born on Kansas Day January 29, 1909 five and one-half miles south of Howard, Kansas in Elk County to Orwill & Gertrude Lewis. She was the oldest of 10 children.

After graduation from Elk Falls High School in 1928, Mary attended Pittsburg Summer School and then taught school for two terms at Cedar Summit, ten miles north of Longton.

When she married Hugh Royse on April 30, 1930, Mary became a home maker, wife and mother. In later years, when the three older children were grown and had homes of their own and two children remained in school, Mary worked as a Southwestern Bell operator in Longton and Elk Falls. In 1956, Mary became the City Clerk of Longton until her retirement in 1981. Mary lived in and around Elk Falls and Longton until January 2002 when she moved to Andover, Kansas to be closer to her children.

She is survived by siblings Nina Duckett, Lolla Belle Schultz, Ethel Winks, and Orwill Lewis Jr.; children Alvena Spurrier of Boise, Idaho, Mary Lynn Howell of Wichita, Joyce Kelly of Neosho, Mo., and Susan Eppard of Augusta; seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her sisters Bea, Gertrude, Adalaide, Lucille, and Evalena; husband Hugh Royse; son Fred Royse; granddaughter Linda Kelly, grandson Roger Howell & great grandson Beau Blake.

Funeral services will be held at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral home in Howard, Kansas at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2011 with Pastor Robin Haines officiating. Interment followed at Grace Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Countryside – Zimmerman Funeral Home.


Prairie Star - August 11, 2010

MRS. M. RUTH ROYSE

M. Ruth (Sherman) (Wiltfong) Royse, age 88 of Elk Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 at the Golden Living Center in Neodesha.

Ruth was born Feb. 22, 1922 in Elk Falls, the daughter of Frank Byron and Lucy May (Small) Osborn.

After high school, Ruth attended Emporia State Teacher's College in 1939. In 1940 Ruth started teaching grades 1-8 at Lone Star School, just north of Oak Valley. In 1961 Ruth received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southwestern College. She continued to teach in Elk County and in Severy.

In 1974, Ruth started teaching Special Education classes; in 1977 she received her M.S. in Psychology at Emporia State, and continued teaching special education classes until retirement in 1984. After retirement, Ruth returned to teaching in specialty areas of education; she helped students receive their G.E.D, tutoring, and Psychology courses for Independence Community College.

Ruth was a member of the Elk Falls United Methodist Church since 1941, Alpha Tau Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association and Order of Eastern Star receiving her 25 year pin.

In 1946 Ruth married Henry Charles Sherman in Elk Falls, they were married until his death in 1961. In 1963 she married Wesley I. Wiltfong and they were married until his death in 1978. In 1982 she married George A. Royse in Springfield, Colo., and they were married for 20 years until his death of 2002.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Lyneva Bryan and husband Steve of Herington, Kan.; four step-children, Ethel Holtoway of Elkhart, Ind., Mildred Beiter of South Coffeyville, Okla., Jean Miller of Lee's Summit, Mo., Norma Jean Graves of Independence, Kan.; her brother, Neil Osborn and wife Phyllis of Elk Falls; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy Bryan of Orlando, Fla., Jennifer Bryan of Goddard, Kan., Justin Bryan of Salina, Kan., Rick Graves and Valorie Allen both of Owasso, Okla., Amanda Molen of Fishers, Ind., Laura Holloway of Indianapolis, Ind., Sandra Cook of Longmont, Colo., Kristi Payne of Tyler, Texas, Kathy Graves and Travis Miller both of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, two sons: Virgil Eli Sherman and Charles Franklin Sherman and sister Neva Barnaby.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at the Longton United Methodist church with Pastor Dena Allison officiating. Interment will follow at the Elk Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday Aug. 11, from .4-6 p.m. at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

The family suggests memorial contribution to the Longton City Library and can be mailed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


October 15, 1919

MR. WILLIAM ROYSE

Mr. William Royse was born February 4, 1837 in the state of Indiana, and departed this life October 15, 1919 at age 82 years, 8 months and 11 days. He united in marriage with Miss Frances Russell in Mercer County, Missouri, March 15, 1859. To this union were born the following children: Jeptha Royse, Mrs. Florence Poole and Mrs. Mary Ealy, all of Howard, Kansas and Mrs. Sarah M. Barnes of Gage, Oklahoma and the following who have preceded their father into the other world, Lottie and Fred E. Royse and Lily DeWitt. Fred E. Royse having died only a few days before his father. Mr. Royse has lived in this community for almost forty years and was highly respected by all. He was also, for all this time, a member of the Christian Cresco Church, and was faithful to the church of his choice.

Funeral services were conducted from his late home Thursday afternoon, October 16, by Rev. Harry E. Crane, pastor of the First M. E. Church of Howard, and interment was made in the Cresco Cemetery.

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CARD OF THANKS:
We wish to thank all persons who so kindly gave us their sympathy and assistance during the bereavement of our husband and father. Mrs. William Royse and Family.
The Moline Review - July 22, 1910

MRS. CAROLINE P. RUDDLE - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Caroline Phoebe Homan was born at Broadway, Va., June 29,1848. She was married to Mr. James Ruddle also a Virginian June 25, 1868. To this union were born three daughters and six sons who with their father are still living. Two sons who were in New Mexico were unable to attend the funeral which took place from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Grundish in Moline July 18, 1910, conducted by Mr. Hill of Elk Falls assisted by Rev. Cullison and Rev. Biard of Moline and a quartette of Moline singers. Interment in Moline cemetery.

Mrs. Ruddle was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends especially in the vicinity of the home six miles south of Longton to which the family came in 1882 and lived until about three years ago. She was a patient and faithful wife and mother.

The family appreciate the kindness of the Moline people in their affliction.


Prairie Star - October 14, 2009

MRS. MELVA C. RUDDLE-MCNOWN

Melva C. Ruddle-McNown, age 91, a resident of Moline, passed away Oct. 6, 2009 at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Sedan. She was born on May 23,1918 in Elk County, the daughter of Leonard and Lulu (Arnold) Whaley.

On April 1,1935 Melva was united in marriage to Fred Ruddle in Sedan, and he preceded her in death in August of 1976. In July 1983 Melva married Orvil McNown in Sedan, and he also preceded her in death in January 1996.

Melva was a member of the United Methodist Church in Moline.

She is survived by her daughter Corliss and her husband Larry Spiller and son Elden Ruddle both of Moline; two step sons: Kenneth McNown of rural Sedan and Carl McNown of rural Moline; one grandson: John David Spiller of Bartlesville, Okla. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 9, 2008 at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, with Pastor Chantilly Lovelace officiating. Interment was at the Moline Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to either the Moline United Methodist Church or Harry Hynes Hospice and may be sent to Zimmerman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1233, Howard, Kansas. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


The Moline Advance - April 26, 1928

MR. OSCAR D. RUDDLE - Submitted by Dan Durbin

Oscar D. Ruddle, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ruddle, was born July 30, 1871, in West Virginia, and died at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 5:00 p. m. , Tuesday, April 17, 1928, age 56 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Oscar Ruddle came to Kansas with his parents in 1882 and located near Longton, Kansas. Later he married Edith Cutter. To this union was born one child.

He leave to mourn his death his daughter, Mrs. A. P. Kitterman of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. Glenn Sinner and Mrs. Jack Grundish; three brothers, Dick, Otis and Walter Ruddle, one grandchild, many other relatives and friends.

A short funeral service was held at the Tilton Undertaking Parlor Thursday afternoon, April 19, 1928, at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. Calvin Parham, pastor of the First Christian church. Music was furnished by a mixed quartet. Interment was in the Moline cemetery.


Howard Courant - July 21, 1927

MR. WILLIAM J. RUDLOFF - Submitted by L. Morgan

William J. Rudloff was born July 11, 1849 at Saxony, Germany and departed this life at his home in Howard, Kansas on July 12, 1927, aged 78 years and 1 day.

He was married to Polly E. Wright July 15, 1880. To this union were born five children, three boys and two girls, all of which now survive.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Howard. He had many friends, some of whom have known him for many years.

The funeral services were held in his home July 15th at 2 o’clock conducted by Pastor Griggs with music b Mrs. Cochran. There was a large attendance, and may accompanied them to the Howard cemetery.

There were many beautiful floral tributes and friends were very kind for which the family is very grateful.


Howard Courant - August 17, 1916

MR. BRADIE/BRADY RUE - Submitted by L. Morgan

Bradie Rue died August 11, at the county farm and was buried the following day in Grace Lawn cemetery. He was born in Norway and was 72 years of age.

He conducted a blacksmith shop at Cave Springs for many years and later at Fiat. His health failed him a few years ago and he was taken to the county farm. So far as we know, he had no relatives in this country.

Note: The Elk County History book spells his given name as Brady.


Howard Courant - February 11, 1898

MR. Merchant E. RUGGLES - Submitted by L. Morgan

From the obituary of M.E. Ruggles late of Greenfield township, published in last week's Grenola Chief, we glean the following: Merchant E. Ruggles was born in Broome county, N.Y., on June 6, 1826; removed to Michigan; was married in 1854 to Hattie Bilsen. He fought for the Union in Co. H 22d Mich. Inf'y. In 1870 he came to Kansas locating on a claim which has ever since been his home, one-half mile north of Grenola. He died Fiday morning, January 28, 1898 and was buried at Grenola the 30th. He leaves a wife, a son and a daughter. Mr. Ruggles was a good man and will be greatly missed by the entire community.


The Sedan Times-Star - November 7, 1979

MR. JOHN S. RUMFELT - Submitted by AFOFG

John Steven Rumfelt Buried Monday
John Steven Rumfelt, 12, of Longton, died Friday, Nov. 2, at Mercy hospital in Independence. He was born July 16, 1967 in Wichita to Roy F. and Janice Kay (Howell) Rumfelt. He was a student.

Survivors include his parents; one half-brother, Jeffrey Gene of Independence; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Howell of Longton and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Nichols of Neodesha; his great-grandmothers, Helen Howell of Longton, Helen McCreary of Moline, Blanche Werther of Independence and Ida Tyree of Parker.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Longton Methodist church. Interment was in the Longton cemetery with Rev. Gene Mengarelli officiating. The Watt Funeral home in Moline was in charge of the arrangements.


Prairie Star - February 24, 2010

MRS. COLLEEN P. RUSH

Colleen Pearl (Nichols) Rush, 80, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 in McPherson, Kan. She was a graduate of Piedmont and grew up in Howard. Her parents were Cliff and Laura Nichols. She is survived by three daughters, two sisters, one brother, and six grandchildren.


Howard Courant - September 8, 1927

MRS. MARY C. RUSH - Submitted by L. Morgan

Mary Catherine Coile was born in McLean county, Illinois in 1855. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Coile. She was the oldest of 12 children, seven of whom survive her. She moved to Elk County, Kansas in 1872. She was married to John Pitzer in 1876, and to this union was born one son, Elwood S. Pitzer, of Blackwell, Oklahoma. She was later married to C. W. Rush in 1891, and to this union was born two children, Sarah Jane Rush, who died in infancy, and John H. Rush of Howard, Kansas.

Mrs. Rush departed this life August 25, 1927, at her home in Howard. Funeral services were held from the home, Friday, August 26th at 2 p.m. and burial at Grace Lawn cemetery.


October 1885

INFANTS - NATHANIEL J. & ALISSA A. RUSSELL

Nathaniel Jacob Russell, 5, and Alissa Audine Russell, 3, of Burden, son and daughter of Jeffrey Duane and Debra Lynn (Cook) Russell, died October 6, 1995 at their home nine miles east of Winfield.

Nathaniel was born August 11, 1990 and Alissa was born September 9, 1992, both at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.

The children had resided in the Winfieid and Burden area since birth.

Nathaniel was attending kindergarten at Lowell Elementary School in Winfieid.

Survivors include their parents, Jeffrey and Debra Russell of Burden: grandparents, Kris and Rusty Moore and Dale and Kay Russell, ail of Winfieid, Wanda Hey of Arkansas City, John and Tena Byrd of Dallas, TX., and Woody and Iliene Scheffe of Winfieid; great-grandparents. Lee Roy and Nellie Russell and Shirley Madison of Winfieid, Ivan and Dorothy McNown of Moline, and Lois Dinit of Winfieid.

Services were heid at the Tisdale United Methodist Church. The Rev. Quentin Bennett officiated. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City.

A memorial has been established in Nathaniel's name for the Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders Association (C.H.A.D.D.).

A memorial for Alissa has been established for the Nursery Fund at Tisdale United Methodist Church.

Miles Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.


June 1995

MR. BILL M. RUSSELL

Bill M. Russell, 66, of Yuma, Arizona died June 4, 1995 at Health West Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona following an extended illness.

Mr. Russell was born Aug. 25, 1928 to Herman and Buentia (Jackson) Russell in Oak Valley, Kansas. He was a graduate of Independence High School in Independence, Kansas and was a disabled U.S. Army veteran. Following his service duty he worked several years as a teletype operator for the Union Pacific Railroad before launching a successful career as a life insurance broker in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California. In his later years he also owned and operated R.V. parks and apartment rentals.

He was a member of the Vine Street Baptist Church in Roseburg, Oregon, a member of the Elks Lodge, and a Mater Mason. He loved to travel, fish and golf.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth of Yuma; daughter and son-in-law Sandra L. and Jeffery Berg of Huntington Beach, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Stephen H. and Nancy Russell of Portland, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law Jan. E. and James Mattes of La Grande, Ore.; grandsons Erik and Michael Berg of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jonathan Mattes of La Grade, Ore.; granddaughters Kristen Berg of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Julia, Jennifer, and Janelle Mattes of La Grande, Ore.; sister Marjorie Weniger of Wichita, Kansas; stepchildren Gary and Knsti Egger of Camano Island, Wash., Teri Gayler of Roseburg, Ore.; and Tina and Robert Johnson of Kirkland, Wash.; and stepgrandsons Eric and Casey Egger and step-granddaughters Kortni and Haley Egger, and Ashley, Cassie and McKenzie Gayler.

Services were held June 8, 1995 at Sunset Vista Funeral Home in Yuma with Masonic rites.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande, Oregon 97850.


Howard Courant-Citizen - July 29, 1965

MR. CARL RUSSELL - Submitted by L. Morgan

CARL RUSSELL FATALLY INJURED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT

Carl Russell of Howard, a prominent Elk county citizen, was killed in a tractor accident Monday, July 26, at his farm. Mr. Russell was found dead by his son, Weldon, about 8:00 p.m., Monday evening in a hay meadow. It was reported that he apparently lost control of the tractor which he was driving.

Mr. Russell was a rancher and stockman and with his son, Weldon, were prominent in all agricultural activities of the county. Howard has lost a most efficient and useful citizen. He was a member of the Howard Presbyterian church, Carter-Rader Post of the American Legion and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Mr. Russell was working on the proposed project for a city nursing home the day of his death. The family request that any contribution for a nursing home in his memory will be accepted at the First National Bank or the Howard National Bank of Howard.

Survivors are his wife, Vera, a son, Weldon; a grandson, Tommie and a daughter-in-law, Betty.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Spurrier Watt Funeral Home in Howard with Dr. George B_____ of the Howard Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.


The Moline Review - September 20, 1907

MASTER LAWRENCE RUSSELL - Submitted by Dan Durbin

The home of Mr. John Russell, who lives northwest of town was visited by a very severe affliction in the death of his little son, Lawrence. He had been a patient sufferer for over a year and when the inevitable came, he being fortified with all the rites of his church, was well prepared to meet his Divine Master. He passed away at 12 o'clock Friday. The funeral services were held in the Immaculate Conception Catholic church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Hence the remains were carried to Mt. Olivet Catholic cemetery. The grief stricken parents, brothers, sisters and friends have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their hour of trouble.

We think of you in silence, no eye may see me weep. Yet deep within our hearts your memory we will keep


October 1885

INFANTS - NATHANIEL J. & ALISSA A. RUSSELL

Nathaniel Jacob Russell, 5, and Alissa Audine Russell, 3, of Burden, son and daughter of Jeffrey Duane and Debra Lynn (Cook) Russell, died October 6, 1995 at their home nine miles east of Winfield.

Nathaniel was born August 11, 1990 and Alissa was born September 9, 1992, both at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.

The children had resided in the Winfieid and Burden area since birth.

Nathaniel was attending kindergarten at Lowell Elementary School in Winfieid.

Survivors include their parents, Jeffrey and Debra Russell of Burden: grandparents, Kris and Rusty Moore and Dale and Kay Russell, ail of Winfieid, Wanda Hey of Arkansas City, John and Tena Byrd of Dallas, TX., and Woody and Iliene Scheffe of Winfieid; great-grandparents. Lee Roy and Nellie Russell and Shirley Madison of Winfieid, Ivan and Dorothy McNown of Moline, and Lois Dinit of Winfieid.

Services were heid at the Tisdale United Methodist Church. The Rev. Quentin Bennett officiated. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City.

A memorial has been established in Nathaniel's name for the Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders Association (C.H.A.D.D.).

A memorial for Alissa has been established for the Nursery Fund at Tisdale United Methodist Church.

Miles Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.


Prairie Star - January 26, 2011

MR. ROLAND E. RUSSELL

Roland E. Russell, 73, of Munford, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis.

Mr. Russell was born in Oak Valley, Kan., to Harry and Eva Russell and graduated from Longton High School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Iowa and the USS Ranger. He later worked for and retired from Yellow Freight as a safety supervisor. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Rolinda Tomlinson of Elk Falls; sons, Perry Russell of Peru, William Russell of Dallas, Texas, and Scott Russell of Rosemark, Tenn.; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in the Fellowship Hall at Munford Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Arrangements made by Munford Funeral Home, A Brentwood Funeral Chapel, 7450 Raleigh-Millington Road, Millington, Tenn., brentwoodfuneralservices.com.


Prairie Star - September 14, 2011

MR. TOM R. RUSSELL

Tom R. Russell, age 54, a resident of Howard, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita.

He was born on July 18, 1957 in Wiesbaden, Germany the son of Weldon and M. Betty (Criger) Russell. He was a graduate of West Elk High School class of 1975.

Tom worked many years as a truck driver hauling cattle. On Aug. 1, 1997 Tom was united in marriage to Angela Blanton in Houston, Texas and she survives at their home.

He is also survived by his mother M. Betty Russell of Howard; three sons, C. Reid Russell of Howard, Dustin Russell of Ponca City, Okla., and Preston Jones of Aline, Okla., one daughter Monica Ann Fouch of Valley Center, Kan., one stepson Garrett Perry of Hardin, Texas and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Weldon Russell.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or charity of choice and may be left with the funeral home.

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


The Winfield Daily Courier - June 24, 2006

MR. WELDON E. RUSSELL - Submitted by L. Morgan

HOWARD - Weldon E. Russell, 72, died June 21, 2005, at his home near Howard. Cremation has taken place.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Howard United Methodist Church. The Rev Donald R. Martyn and Pastor Robin Haines will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date.

A memorial has been established with the Elk County 4-H Clubs. Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home.

Weldon was born July 10, 1932, on a farm near Howard, to Vera (Waples) and Carl Russell. He attended Howard schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1951.

While attending Kansas State University, he married Marian Betty Criger on Sept. 4, 1954, at the Howard Methodist Church. This marriage later ended. In 1955, he graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in animal husbandry.

Weldon entered the United States Army in July 1955 and served two years in Germany. After his discharged from the Army in 1958, Weldon and Betty made their home in Winfield for two years before returning to the Howard community. He remained a resident of Elk County throughout his life and maintained successful ranching operations through the area.

Weldon was a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, the Oddfellows Lodge and Team Pen America. He was an avid coyote hunter and enjoyed working with horses.

He is survived by a companion, Colleen Huff, Ponca City; his son, Tom Russell, and his wife, Angie, Howard; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


November 1978

MR. IRA N. RUTHERFORD

Ira Nelson Rutherford, 84, Holton, was dead on arrival at a hospital here shortly after noon Saturday. He apparently had a heart attack.

He was born April 30, 1894, at Havensville, the son of Arthur and Mary Rutherford. He lived in the Netawaka community from 1946 until 1974 when he moved to Holton. He was a farmer before he retired.

He was married to the former Grace L. Ackers. She died March 12,1968. He was married to Orilla Mae Mast June, 3 1970. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Floyd Rutherford, Manhattan, and Merlyn Rutherford, Netawaka; a brother, Curtis Rutherford, Howard; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Hagler, Hutchinson; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Mercer Funeral Home at Holton. Burial was to be in Netawaka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the heart monitor fund at the Holton Hospital.


October 1994

MRS. WINNIFRED M. RUTHERFORD

Winnifred Marie Rutherford passed away Wednesday, October 12, 1994 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center at Parsons, KS. She was 84 years of age. Winnie, as she was known to her friends, was born on May 18, 1910 at Powhattan, KS. to William Alexander and Olive Belle (Barnes) Holcomb. At eight years of age, Winnie moved with her family to a farm northeast of Howard. She attended Lima rural school and grew to womanhood in the Elk County area.

On December 24, 1938 she married Curtis Raymond Rutherford at Howard, KS. They lived on a farm north of Howard until moving to McCune, KS. in 1949. Winnie and Curtis owned and operated a farm near McCune, KS for more than twenty years. In 1969, they moved to Moline, KS. where they remained until moving to Howard in 1975. Curtis preceded her in death on June 20, 1980.

Winnie was a dedicated farm wife, and devoted many years to taking care of elderly people in their homes. She joined the Antioch Church, northeast of Howard, at an early age and later transferred her membership to the Howard United Methodist Church. Winnie remained a faithful member of the church, throughout her life.

She is survived by two nieces, Nancy Varner of Parsons, KS. and Joy Good of Dennis, KS and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She wa preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother Oliver Holcomb, a sister Della Minard, a nephew Terry Holcomb and a niece Mary Highsmith Pinkston.

Funeral services were held at the Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard with Lloyd G. Zimmerman officiating. Mrs. Helen Vinette was the organist with Mrs. Nancy Varner singing “How Great Thou Art” and “Mansion Over The Hilltop.” The casket bearers were Chris Bussen, Vern Friend, John Good, Randy Highsmith, Jerry Hubbell, and Bill Marion. Interment was held in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Howard. A memorial has been established with the Howard United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.


November 1993

MRS. ALICE M. RYLANT

Alice Marie Rylant, 51, a resident of rural Fall River, died Thursday morning, Nov. 18, 1993, at Fredonia Regional Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1942, at Welch, Okla., a daughter of Thorton Dalton and Alice May (Green) Bishop.

On Aug. 2, 1960, she married Curtis Rylant at Caney, and he survives at the home.

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints.

Other survivors are her father and stepmother, Thorton and Maxine Bishop of Cherryvale; her mother, Alice Bishop of Cedarhill, Mo.; one son, Curtis Edward Rylant of Fredonia; three daughters, Lesa Marie Pearson of Fredonia, Melissa Ann Johnson of Sweeny, Texas, and Cheryl Lynn Hightower of Fredonia; two brothers, James Bishop and Dalton Bishop Coffeyville.


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