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Jerry Norman Howell, age 93, formerly of Grenola, Kansas, passed away September 19, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born on January 3, 1924 in Longton, Kansas, the son of Clarence Norman and Vyrl Corrine (Davis) Howell.

Jerry served his country in World War II in the Army Air Force where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He married Susan Louise (Terry) Howell on March 21, 1953 in Bentonville, Arkansas.  They had three children, James, Martin, and Cheri.  Jerry worked for 30 years at Boeing as a machinist, and in his younger days, he loved to hunt and fish.  He lived in Grenola, Kansas almost 60 years.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Louise Howell; his son, Martin (Pamela) Howell of Wichita, Kansas; his daughter, Cheri Howell of Winfield, Kansas; his grandson, Justin (Rhonda) Howell of Wichita, Kansas; and his great-granddaughters, Rachel and Roslyn Howell.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, James Ellis Howell.

There are no services planned at this time.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / SPEER, George E. - b. September 6, 1944 - d. September 14, 2017
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:57:31 pm »
George E. Speer, 73, passed away on September 14, 2017 at Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha, Kansas following a multi-year battle with Leukemia.  He was a lifelong resident of Kansas.  Born in Eureka, Kansas and raised in Fall River, Kansas, he was the son of Willard and Agnes (Walta) Speer.

After graduating from Fall River High School in 1962, he worked on his family farm until 1970 when he enlisted in the United States Army.  He met his wife, Greta of Wichita, Kansas during his service.  He was honorably discharged in 1971.  During and after serving with the U.S. Army, he worked for Frisco Railroad.  He continued working faithfully for the railroad until he retired in 2006.  He loved his work and enjoyed watching the trains pass by until the day he passed away.  He loved sharing his passion with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He will forever be near his beloved trains as his burial plot is beneath a sprawling oak tree next to the railroad tracks. 

George could do it all, from construction to farming.  He spent much of his life fulfilling the many visions that his wife dreamt up.  He and Greta devoted their life to traveling the country in their motor home.  George was the "shirt off his back" kind of guy and was adored by all his family and friends.  A huge void has been left by his death, and he will be greatly missed.

George leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Greta (Crandell) Speer; his sister, Jeanie Speer; his son, Neal St. Cricq and wife, Samantha; his daughters, Clelieshia Martin and husband, Robert and Shari (Speer) Fox and husband, Charles; his grandchildren, Recaya, Mica, Corban, Erin, Jessica, Payton, Charlie, and Corey; his great-grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, Chase, Carrie, Zander, and Beckett; and one great-great-grandchild, Aniston.  Preceding him in death are his parents, Willard and Agnes; his brother, Johnny Speer; and his best friend, Donnie Rex Shinkle.

A graveside memorial service will be held on October 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Neodesha Cemetery in Neodesha, Kansas.  George wished to be laid to rest with his father, Willard; therefore, the service will honor both men and their lifelong bond.  Online condolences may be left for the family at  Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Loran Fawcett Chapel website)

Joan Depew, age 91, of Moline, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Stoneybrook Assisted Living Memory Care Center in Manhattan, Kansas.  The daughter of Lewis and Doris Nettleship, she was born on December 27, 1925 at 35 Tickle Street in Denaby Main, England. 

As a fifteen-year-old graduate of high school, Joan falsified her age and joined the British Army serving for four and a half years of active duty.  Her job was serving meals in the dining hall for the British officers.  On March 7, 1945, Joan married Arthur Dwain Depew, an American GI from Grenola, Kansas who was stationed in England while serving in the United States Navy.  Shortly afterward, the war ended and Dwain was shipped back to the States.  On February 14, 1946, Joan was in the first wave of wives allowed to leave Europe to join the love of her life.  Joan traveled the seven day trip by boat on the Queen Mary where she arrived in New York, catching a train to Independence, Kansas.  Dwain borrowed his grandparents' car and met Joan to take her to live in Grenola, Kansas in his parents' home.  A year later, they moved to Moline, Kansas where Dwain took a job at Horn's IGA.  Dwain died on December 27, 1997 in Yuma, Arizona while wintering in the warm Arizona climate.  Joan remained in Moline until March 2014 when she moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Manhattan, Kansas to be closer to her son, Les Depew.

Joan worked various jobs during her days in Moline.  She worked at the Dairy Queen, the Moline Mercantile, and finally the Moline Food Market which she and Dwain owned for thirty-three years.  Joan could always be seen behind the register with a beautiful smile and warm greeting to all the customers that shopped in the grocery store.  After selling the store in 1992, Joan and Dwain spent their time traveling in their fifth wheel and and camper where Dwain would fish and hunt and Joan would cook and clean house.  Joan became an American citizen on January 15, 1957.  She was an active member of the Moline Methodist Church and UMW for over sixty years.  She was also a member of the American Legion.

Joan is survived by her son, Les Depew and wife, Marilyn Waters Depew of Manhattan, Kansas.  Also surviving are two grandchildren, Kristi Depew Crawford and husband, Danny of Wylie, Texas and Lori Depew Andrade and husband, Rob of Cypress, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kyla, and Kade Crawford and Sofia, Bobby, and Caitlyn Andrade.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  A joyous celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Moline United Methodist Church in Moline, Kansas with Pastor Dena Allison officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Moline United Methodist Church or Stoneybrook Assisted Living Memory Care in Manhattan, Kansas and may be left with or mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 which is in  charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Mildred Jean Freeman, 90, of Sedan, Kansas, died September 16, 2017 in Augusta, Kansas.  She was born August 21, 1927 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Frank Leon and Lettie Pearl (Johnson) Potter.

As a young children, she lived on a farm in Oklahoma and attended school in Boulanger, Oklahoma.  Then they moved to Chautauqua, Kansas where she attended school.  On March 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to Robert E. "Bob" Freeman at her parents' home in Chautauqua.  Bob and Mildred were married for 55 years before he passed in 2001 following a lengthy illness.  Bob and Mildred lived in rural Chautauqua where she worked in the school lunchroom.  Later she worked at the Sedan Floral and Ackarman Hardware and Bob worked for Sinclair Oil.  They raised four children, Mark, Roger, Cindy, and Cheryl.

In 1957, Bob and Mildred bought a ski boat, and many weekend days were spent with their friends and children's friends skiing on Hulah Lake.  In 1970, they moved to Sedan, Kansas and took up a different hobby, golfing.  Together they took numerous trips to golf courses in different parts of the United States with their friends.

In 1971, they started Freeman Oil Company which they owned until 1997.  It was during this exciting time of their lives that they were able to enjoy going to Royal baseball games and took several bus tours to other cities for the KC Royals baseball games.  In 1984, Bob became a member of the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Confederate Air Force (CAF).  Mildred joined the Confederate Air Force herself when Bob took on the job of tour director in 1989.  She must have thought for sure that he needed her excellent organizational skills to help keep things running smoothly, because in total, Bob and Mildred were tour directors six years.  From April to October, they traveled to airports for static displays and air shows.  During the winter months, they scheduled air shows and helped find the funds needed to obtain fuel for FIFI.

Mildred is survived by three of her children, Mark Freeman and wife, Penelope of Maize, Kansas, Roger Freeman, and wife, Ruth of Sedan, Kansas, and Cindy Sharp and husband, Robert of Severy, Kansas; her brothers, Johnny Lee Potter of Houston, Texas and Larry Allan Potter and wife, Mary Lou of Cushing, Oklahoma; one sister-in-law, Elouise Potter of Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Cheryl Bolack; her husband, Robert E. "Bob" Freeman; her parents; two brothers; and  two sisters.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan, Kansas.  Church services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sedan with Pastor Cathy Cole and Pastor Jack Dickson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua, Kansas.  The family has suggested memorials to the Sedan Community Building or the United Methodist Church, and those remembrances may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361 which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Dickens Family Funeral Home website)

Rita L. Conner, age 85, of Independence, Kansas, passed away September 14, 2017 at Eagle Estates in Independence.  She was born August 20, 1932 in Olpe, Kansas to Ernest and Elizabeth (Erpelding) Dieker.

Rita attended and graduated from Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas.  She married Jack J. Conner on September 15, 1951.  The couple made their home in Leoti, Kansas for almost 20 years where they farmed.  After their retirement, they moved to Bernice, Oklahoma to enjoy living on Grand Lake.  After 58 years of marriage, Jack died in 2009.  Rita moved back to Independence to the Eagle Estates in 2015.

Rita is survived by one daughter, Denise Jones of Longton, Kansas, one son, Kevin Conner of Maryville, Illinois; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters; and one brother.

Cremation has taken place.  A family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were under the direction of Webb & Rodrick Chapel in Independence, Kansas.

(taken from the Webb & Rodrick Chapel website)

Obituaries / DOUGHERTY, Bobby Joe - b. May 7, 1937 - d. September 13, 2017
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:22:09 pm »
Bobby Joe Dougherty of Longton, Kansas died on September 13, 2017 at his home in Longton at the age of 80.  He was born on May 7, 1937 in Eureka, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Lily Leona (Gray) Dougherty.

As a child, the family moved around a lot while Bobby's father worked on the railroad, did pipeline work, and mining.  In the 1950s they settled in Wichita, Kansas.  Bobby graduated from Plainview High School after which he joined the United States Air Force in 1957.

In 1956, Bobby was united in marriage to Sandra Rae Arnold.  Four children were born to this union.  Sandra preceded him in death.  He was later united in marriage to Charlotte Jane Cullingford.  To this union was born one child.  Charlotte preceded him in death.  Bobby retired from the Air Force in 1975 at which time he joined the Salvation Army as a Captain, serving in England.  In 2003, Bobby was united in marriage to Ann Margaret Jude in Wichita, Kansas.  They returned to the United States in the mid 2000s, making their home in Longton.  He began pastoring the Piedmont Christian Church and the Beaumont Christian Church.  He was a Life Member of VFW Post 1186 in Independence, Kansas.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Ann of the home; four children, Lois Marie Adamson of Omaha, Nebraska, Robert Joseph Dougherty of Delaware, Ohio, Margaret Elaine Stokes of Stowmarket, England, and Penelope Jane Williams of Widdrington, England; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Ammie Elaine Rankin of Eureka, Kansas and Margaret Mae Clare of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Sandra and Charlotte; his daughter, Teresa Rae Dougherty; and his brother, Daily Dean Dougherty.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Koup Family Funeral Home in Eureka, Kansas with Rev. Dr. Bill Munson of the Lighthouse Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Elk County Ministerial Alliance.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, 121 N. Oak Street, Eureka, Kansas 67045 which is overseeing arrangements.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / HAWKINS, Jalyn Jace - b. July 26, 2017 - d. August 19, 2017
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:24:11 am »
Jalyn Jace Hawkins was born on July 26, 2017 with her identical twin sister, Jaxie Jade, to Andy and Kristy (Treadway) Hawkins. 

Sweet Jalyn was born at 25 weeks gestation, weighing only one pound and five ounces.  She survived a life-saving surgery at 21 weeks and an extremely rare diagnosis of stage II TAPS.  However, on August 19, after living for 24 days, Jalyn went to be with our Lord Jesus after fighting a sudden infection that did not respond to treatment.  She was such a strong girl and overcame many hurdles during her time on earth.  Jalyn only knew and felt love on this earth before opening her eyes to see the face of Jesus in Heaven.

Jalyn is survived by her parents and sister; her maternal grandparents, Charlie and Diana Stroble; her maternal great-grandmother, Naida Becker-Palmer;  her paternal grandparents, Howard R. and Ellen Hawkins; and many other family members and friends.  She was greeted in Heaven by her two older brothers, Kade and Kiptyn; her grandfather, Monte Treadway; her maternal great-grandparents, Jim Becker and Carroll and Irene Treadway; and her paternal great grandparents, Howard A. and Phyllis Hawkins and Max and Lena Forsythe.

We will miss her deeply until we are reunited.  A memorial has been established in Jalyn's name with Bridget's Cradles.  To donate in her memory, checks may be payable to Bridget's Cradles Foundation, P.O. Box 130, Andover, Kansas 67002 or online at

A private burial has taken place at Belknap Cemetery in Chautauqua County, Kansas.  Dickens Family Funeral Home of Sedan, Kansas was in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Dickens Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / COLLINS, Robin Ane - b. February 2,1 1948 - d. August 27, 2017
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:12:53 am »
Robin Ane Collins, age 69, of Sedan, Kansas, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan, Kansas.  She was born on February 2, 1948 in Batavia, Arkansas to Oliver Collins and Allison (Hatfield Collins.

Robin graduated from high school in Montrose, Colorado in 1966.  She then attended the University of Colorado and the University of Nevada-Reno where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Business.  She spent most of her life in Reno, Nevada.  She also lived in Independence, Parsons, and Pittsburg in Kansas.  She worked as a scheduler and pit boss at a casino until her retirement.

Robin is survived by her mother, Allison Collins of Elk Falls, Kansas; two sisters, Rebeka Eck and husband, Paul of Elk Falls, Kansas and Melody Buescher and husband, Gene of Springdale, Arkansas; two brothers, Mike Collins and wife, Wilda of Windsor, Colorado and Jack Collins and wife, Becky of Piatteville, Colorado; and one sister-in-law, Edsy Collins of Elk Falls, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by one brother, John Collins, and her father.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service was held on September 1, 2017 at the Elk Falls Calvary Church in Elk Falls, Kansas.  Dickens Family Funeral Home of Sedan, Kansas was in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Dickens Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / GADDIS, Ralph Edward - b. July 6, 1959 - d. September 5, 2017
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:04:05 am »
Ralph Edward Gaddis, age 58, of Sedan, Kansas, passed away September 5, 2017 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan, Kansas.  He was born on July 6, 1959 to Irvin Eugene Gaddis and Mary Jane Russell in Wichita, Kansas. 

Ralph grew up in Topeka, Kansas where he attended Topeka High School.  He later received his GED.  He lived in Lubbock, Texas for 25 years and worked as a truck driver for many years.  He moved to Sedan to be closer to his family about 5 months ago.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and going on rides in his truck.

Ralph is survived by one daughter, Nicole Bitenieks of Washington; one son, Steven Edward Gaddis of Topeka, Kansas; his mother, Mary Jane Bahr and stepfather, Fred Bahr of Howard, Kansas; his father, Irvin Gaddis of Topeka, Kansas; one sister, Marla Bailey and husband, Chris of Hoyt, Kansas; one brother, Robert Gaddis of Jay, Oklahoma, and numerous grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Dickens Family Funeral Home of Sedan, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Dickens Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / LISTER, Harold F. - b. December 25, 1939 - d. September 7, 2015
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:57:49 pm »
Harold F. Lister, 77, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away September 7, 2017 at a local nursing facility.  He was born December 25, 1939 at home in rural Elk County, Kansas to Loren and Gertrude (Scobee) Lister.

Harold graduated from Howard High School in Howard, Kansas in 1957.  Furthering his education, he attended Southwestern University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1961.  His music career spanned 44 years of service in the school systems of central and northern Kansas.  These years included instrumental and vocal music from grades Kindergarten through high school.  H directed an uncountable number of concerts, marched in a multitude of parades, and started many youngsters on their first step in the love of music, the love of which stayed with them for life.  Students returned later to thank him, not only for beginning their music careers, but also the character development and self-confidence he instilled, in addition to the music education.

In 1961, he married Nancy Manley.  To this marriage was born his three children.  They divorced in 1987.  Harold was married on July 4, 1992 to Margaret (Redmond) Knudsen.

Harold enjoyed life to the fullest, always giving of himself and his goods most generously.  His time and talents in organic gardening are remembered  by many friends and family who enjoyed his produce, his canned goods, and his jams and jellies.  His sense of humor and friendliness to all was well known.  Being a true Renaissance man, he was widely read and practiced in many fields of learning, including the arts and sciences, always eager to learn a new skill or try a new approach to an old problem, dabbling in everything from bat house plans to perfecting a perfect crust for his homegrown and homemade apple pies.  Harold was a peaceful man, well known for his calm and ordered lifestyle. 

Harold was a member of the St. Joseph Cathedral , Molta Shrine Temple, and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.  He was active in the Santa Fe Band of Topeka, Kansas.  He also volunteered at the St. Joseph Library as well as Habitat for Humanity and was a board member and longtime member in the St. Joseph Community Chorus.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Redmond) Lister of the home; sons, Roger Lister (Cathy) of Tooele, Utah and Kelly Lister (Tami) of Phoenix, Arizona;  daughter, Katrina Lister of Wichita Falls, Texas; stepdaughter, Christine Knudsen of Geneva Switzerland; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Roy Lister of Lindsborg, Kansas, Alma Daymude of Arkansas City, Kansas, Virginia Hulsey of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Wilma Lister of Winfield, Kansas; sister-in-law, Estella Lister of Independence, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Norman Lister; and the mother of his children, Nancy (Manley) Kuntz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at St. Joseph's Cathedral with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.  The family will gather with friends on Monday, September 11, 2017 for the Masonic Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.  Flowers are appreciated, and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the St. Joseph Public Library.  Online guest book and obituary at

(taken from the Meierhoffer Funeral Home website)

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