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Charles Wait MaGee, age 88, of Independence, Kansas, went to meet his Lord and Savior on January 12, 2018 at his home.  He was born on December 29, 1929 in Independence, Kansas at the home of his parents, Dayton and Bessie (Hudiburg) MaGee.

In 1950, Charlie was united in marriage with Neva Bayes.  To this union were born four children.  They later divorced.  Charlie and Marie (McLean) Cookson were united in marriage on August 12, 1972.  Joining the family were her five children.  Charlie took his job as dad and step-dad very seriously.

Charlie made a 32-year career of working at the United States Post Office in Wichita, Kansas and Independence, Kansas, working his way to window clerk.  He loved meeting people and loved the interaction that his job provided.  He also loved growing things in his garden, maintaining a garden big enough to feed five families, and he always shared with others.  He spent as much time outside as he could.  He planted and worked a garden through last year's season until his health made him unable to do so anymore.

Charlie has always been active in church ministry and mentored many people in God's Word.  He loved to study the Bible and was very dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus with others. 

Charlie is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; his children, Kenneth MaGee (Jane) of Omaha, Nebraska, Roselyn "Rosie" Sweaney (Dale) of Sedan, Kansas, Kayla Crossland (Tim) of Paola, Kansas, and Bill MaGee of Spring Texas; his stepchildren, Carolyn (Cookson) Wigley (Terry) of Derby, Kansas, Cheryl Cookson of Independence, Kansas, and Diane (Cookson) Wigley (Hal) of Derby, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two stepchidren, Ronnie Cookson and Janet (Cookson) Parker.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Allen Family Family Services in Independence,m Kansas from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3167 S. 10th Street, Independence, Kansas.  Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas.  The family has suggested memorials to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left in care of the Allen Family Funeral Services, 3848 W. Main, Independence, Kansas which is in charge of funeral arrangements.

(taken from the Allen Family Funeral Services website).

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Kenneth Ronald Smith, better known as Ron or Ronnie, age 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at his home in Haysville, Kansas.  He was born on August 28, 1941 in Howard, Kansas, the son of Owen Kenneth and Pauline (Corbin) Smith.

Ron grew up in the Elk County area and graduated from Howard High School.  On June 24, 1967, he married Carol Ann Young in Nowata, Oklahoma.  Ron and Carol have been married for 50 years and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Ron retired from Electro Mech as a manufacturing engineer, but his true passions were family, the Baz-Z Rodeo Company, and working on the ranch and being a cowboy.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Michele Smith and Kevin Smith; his brother, Don Smith; his grandchildren, Tiffany Thomas, Zachary Smith, and Danielle Fullhart; his great-grandchildren, Aiden Overeem, Trayten McGathy, and Emma McGathy.  Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Pauline Smith and his daughter, Rhonda Andes.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at Cresco Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.  The family suggests memorials to the Elk County Fair Association Memorial Fund which may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Services are entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Eldon Wayne Brenneman, age 78, passed away on January 5, 2018 at his home in Newton, Kansas.  He was born on August 31, 1939 in Newton, Kansas to Lawrence and Estella (Jantz) Brenneman.

Eldon attended school for a time at Howard High School in Howard, Kansas and then graduated from Newton High School.  He attended one year of college before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1961 where he served until 1967.  He married Jean Marie Kopps on November 8, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They were married for 53 years prior to his death.

Eldon was a retired officer for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Department and the Harvey County Jail in Newton, Kansas.  He was a member of the Newton Christian Church.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Jean Brenneman; his daughter, Karen Brenneman; and a grandson, Brenden Fisher.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Oleta Schmidt.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Newton Christian Church in Newton, Kansas.  Military honors will be presented at the church following the service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Restlawn Gardens of Memory.  A memorial has been established with the Building Fund of the Newton Christian Church, 210 Southport Drive, Newton, Kansas 67114.  Petersen Family Funeral Home of Newton, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Petersen Family Funeral Home website)

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Virginia Lou Wahl of Cedar Park, Texas passed away on November 29, 2017 at the age of 85.  She was born April 13, 1932, the daughter of Darrel and Cleda (Van Royen) McLean.

Virginia grew up in Elk County, Kansas and graduated from Howard High School in Howard, Kansas.  She was married to Ernest L. Wahl.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan (Bill) Arnold, Veneta Henderson (Rob Pohlman) and Glenda (Gene) Gordineer; her sister, Connie McLean; and her sister-in-law, Eunice (Gothard) Thaeler.  Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents; and her brother, Willard McLean.

Graveside services were held on December 29, 2017 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Wichita, Kansas.  Memorials can be sent to Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3003 Blue Ridge Drive, Cedar Park, Texas 78613.

(published in the Wichita Eagle - 12/24/2017)

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Joyce M. Doane passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 surrounded by family.  She was 79 years old.  She was a resident of the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas.  Joyce was born December 14, 1938 on the family farm near Howard, Kansas to Richard and Lucille (Stonebraker) Jacobs.

Joyce attended Upper Paw Paw School and graduated from Severy High School in 1957.  She trained as a nurse aide at the State Hospital in Winfield, Kansas and later continued her education at WATC, earning her Dietary Management certification in 1986.

Joyce married Melvin Doane on September 1, 1961 in Severy, Kansas.  They had five children, Mary, Calvin, Amy, Bobbie, and Frank.  Joyce enjoyed raising their children on the farm near Severy, Kansas.  She loved watching her grandchildren grow up and cherished her great-grandchildren.  She was fond of cross-stitching gifts for those she knew, and she won many ribbons at the Greenwood County Fair.  Joyce took delight in maintaining flower and vegetable gardens for many years.  She also enjoyed going to the casino with her sister, Ruth, on occasion.  Joyce was also a member of the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy, Kansas.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Melvin Doane; her children, son-in-law, Eldon Austin, Calvin Doane and companion, Paula of Kiowa, Kasnas, Amy Lance and husband, Chris of Winfield, Kansas, Bobbie Coldwell and husband, Richard of Fort Worth, Texas, and Frank Doane and Tammy of Howard, Kansas; grandchildren, Leigha, Lacie, Megan, and Ashley; step-grandchildren, Mike, Candy, Patrick, Jeremy, Misty, Courtney, Kendra, Cara, Sondra, and Tara; great-grandchildren, Zoie, Kellen, IraLynn, AereAna, Eddie, and Jakob; 20 step-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul Jacobs of Milan, Kansas, Henry Jacobs of Howard, Kansas, and Cecil Jacobs of Augusta, Kansas; and one sister, Ruth Gordon of Winfield, Kansas.   Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Lucille Jacobs; her daughter, Mary Doane; and her grandsons, Christopher Austin and Brendan Nally.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy, Kansas.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time.  Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.  Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.  Memorials have been suggested to either the Chris Austin Memorial Fund or the Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas.  Memorials may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Services are entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Robert Lee Conklin, age 58, of Grenola, Kansas, died January 1, 2018 at his home.  He was born on August 26, 1959 in Coffeyville, Kansas, the son of Roy William and Dixie Ann (Newman) Conklin.

Robert was a 1977 graduate of Burden High School in Burden, Kansas.  He had worked at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas as a sheet metal mechanic until his retirement.  He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and loved watching football.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and for the past couple of years, building his collections of unique items while doing scrapping.  Robert was quick-witted, a history buff, and enjoyed having a good time with family and friends.  He had a special place in his heart for his pets, but most of all he loved his family and children.

Survivors include his companion, Susan Bannister of the home; his mother, Dixie Conklin of Grenola, Kansas; his sons, Brandon Conklin and wife, Krystal of Arkansas City, Kansas, Beau Conklin and wife, Gemma of Oxford, Kansas, and Corey Conklin and wife, Rachel of Kansas City, Kansas; 9 grandchildren; 3 siblings, Alan Conklin and wife, Brenda of Wellington, Kansas, Karen Stong and husband, K.R. of Elk City, Kansas, and Debra Phillips of Coffeyville, Kansas; and extended family, Derek, Josh, and Jessica Norris and Lane, Shelby, and Kylie Bannister.  Robert was preceded in death by his father, Roy Conklin.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Cremation will follow.  The family will be hosting a meet-and-greet at the Grenola Senior Center in Grenola, Kansas starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 where you can also stay and watch the Chiefs play.  Memorials have been suggested to either the Grenola Museum or the Grenola Senior Center and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Marvis Maree Gaddie, 70, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away December 16, 2017 at William Newton Hospital in Winfield, Kansas.  Born September 21, 1947 in Blackwell, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Marvin and Wilma (Elledge) Purdy.

Marvis was raised and received her education in the Oxford, Kansas area where she was active in the Valley View 4-H and played saxophone in the high school band.  She graduated from Oxford High School in 1965.  She was united in marriage to James M. Gaddie on June 18, 1965 at the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma.  They made their first home in Winfield, Kansas.  In 1970, they moved to Concordia, Kansas and Marvis worked at the County Extension Office until 1974 when the family moved to Howard, Kansas.  While in Howard, she worked as a secretary at the high school until becoming the Elk County Clerk.  She was elected to three terms as County Clerk, retiring in 1999 when she and Jim returned to Winfield..  After returning to Winfield, Marvis worked for a short time at the Cowley County Clerk's office before going to work at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas.  While working at Cowley, she began taking classes and earned her Associates Degree.  She then completed her Bachelor Degree at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.  She was currently working part-time for Jarrett and Norton CPA's.

Marvis was a very active member of Grace United Methodist Church where she served in many positions including Chairperson of the Church Council.  She was an active member of the PEO, Relay For Life, and Winfield Rotary Club.  She was currently serving as secretary of the Rotary Club as well as being a Paul Harris Fellow.  She enjoyed sewing, was a great cook, and was known for baking cinnamon rolls.  She loved attending her grandsons' activities.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Gaddie of Winfield, Kansas; her children, Jana Marstall and husband, P.J. of Emporia, Kansas and Mike Gaddie of Wichita, Kansas; her brother, Ray Purdy and wife, Dena of Garden City, Kansas; and her five grandsons, Brady and Braxton Marstall of Emporia, Kansas and Trent, Joel, and Zeke Gaddie of Wichita, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday morning, December 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College Street, Winfield, Kansas.  Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service, 4001 E. 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas on Tuesday evening, December 19, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The family will greet visitors that evening.

(taken from the Miles Funeral Service website)

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Willa Florene "Flo" Smith, age 77, went to her heavenly home on December 6, 2017 while in the comfort of her home.  She was born July 19, 1940 in Elk County, Kansas in Union Center Township northwest of Howard, Kansas.  She was born the daughter of Harold Isaac and Veda May (Johnson) Edwards.

At the age of 5, Flo and her older sister were brought to Severy, Kansas to live with their Grandpa and Grandma Edwards after their father returned from service at the end of World War II.  Their younger sister stayed at the foster home in Eureka, Kansas where they had been until it was time for her to start school.  Florene started first grade at Severy Grade School and graduated from Severy High School in 1958.

Florene met and married Lewis Dean Smith on October 12, 1958, and to this union were born three daughters.  She was so proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved them each so very much. They spent their entire married life in Severy, Kansas.  Lewis preceded her in death on September 17, 1995, a victim of cancer.

Florene went to work outside the home when her youngest child started Kindergarten, first as an education secretary for the Severy school system and then as a legal secretary.  Following that, she was a teller and Assistant Cashier at Severy State Bank until it sold.  Then she worked at Home Bank & Trust in Eureka as a Teller and Assistant Cashier.  She was later the manager of the drive-in-bank.  She quit working in 1993 to pursue their antique refinishing business until her husband became ill.  After his death, she went to work at Severy Co-Op until she retired at age 65.  Then then sold her home east of Severy, Kansas and moved to Howard, Kansas, but getting up and not going to work was boring for her, so she worked a few years in a flower shop and then at First National Bank in Howard as Teller/Bookkeeper.  She finally retired for the last time at age 73.  Her mind kept working, but her body told her to go home and stay there. 

Florene's love, other than her family and friends, was her music.  She started playing piano at an early age and had what she called her "God-given talent" to play mostly by ear.  She could also read music.  She taught herself to play the piano and electric organ.  If someone asked her to play a certain song, she gave new meaning to "hum a few lines" because most likely, she would take off playing the song.  She could play the sweetest hymns of praise or rip open with a wild honky-tonk song.  She loved playing them all. Florene was a member of the Severy United Methodist Church where she played piano and organ for many years.

Florene is survived by her daughters, Pamela Florene (Joe) Cheever, Kelly Ann (Scott) Hunter, and Denise Lynn Smith and friend, Steve Patrick; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Watson, Lewis (Shellie) Watson, Tiffany (Dannie) Bonham, Cheyenne Smith, Brittney (John) Garrison, Ashley Cheever, and Courtney (Brannon) DuBose; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Amall of Lebo, Kanss and Mary Sue Malik of Pawnee City, Nebraska; and her half-sister, Marie Felix of Haysvillle, Kansas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; her parents; her stepmother, Gertrude Edwards; and Florence (Hillman) Johnson and Thomas J. and Nancy (Messner) Edwards; and a half-brother, Curtis Hillman.

A memorial service will be held for Florene on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy, Kansas.  Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.  The family has suggested a memorial to the West Elk Music Department which may be left with or sent to the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.countrysidefh.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Ammie Elaine Rankin, 78 years young, of Longton, Kansas, passed from this life on December 4, 2017 with family by her side at the Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka, Kansas.  She was born January 22, 1939 to Joseph and Lilly Dougherty of Eureka, Kansas.

Ammie met and married the love of her life, Roger Rankin, on March 3, 1994 and lived in Longton, Kasnas at their farm which hosted many family events through the years.  She remained in Longton after Roger passed and was actively engaged in many clubs and organizations.  She was a member of the Christian Community Church of Longton, the Daughters of the Revolution, the Longton Historical Society, and the Longton Library.  Her love of God, family, friends, and community will be missed.  Ammie was a walking miracle from God who had a positive influence on every life she came in contact with. 

Ammie had two brothers, Dean and Bob, who preceded her in death, and she is survived by one sister, Margaret Clare who was with her during her passing.  She had four children, Carl Allen Johnson who preceded her in death, and survived by Mary Love of Longton, Kansas, LeaAnn Jones of Versailles, Missouri, and Tina Jackson of San Antonio, Texas and their spouses.  She loved her six grandchildren, Derick, Rochelle, Broc, Price, Cody, and Joshua.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Christian Community Church, 203 Wyandotte, Longton, Kansas.  Interment will follow at Longton Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.  Memorials have been suggested to the Longton City Library or the Longton Historical Society and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Herbert Paul Harrison, age 91, passed away November 23, 2017 from Alzheimer' disease.  He was born on August 29, 1926 near Fowler, Kansas to Harry Martin Harrison and Ola Almyra (Brown) Harrison.

Herb was the youngest of nine children.  He was married October 18, 1947 to Lula Mae "Billy" Billings in Wichita, Kansas.  This year marked their 70th wedding anniversary.  Herb graduated from Mulvane High School in Mulvane, Kansas in 1944.  After serving in the United States Navy from 1944-1946, he attended Wichita University from 1946-1950 where he studied Liberal Arts.  He was a remarkable athlete, excelling in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track in high school and continuing to play football in college.

Herb was no stranger to hard work.  In high school, he milked cows before and after class and worked the railroad.  In college, he started as a delivery boy at Hawk's Pharmacy, ultimately becoming President.  Herb and his partners sold Hawk's Pharmacy, and Herb went on to start a career in construction.  He was a Charter member of the Andover Kiwanis Club in Andover, Kansas, served for 18 years on the Andover School Board, was a 32nd degree Mason, was a member of the Andover and Howard United Methodist Churches, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop #533.  He started a Registered Angus cattle herd while living in Andover, now in its 52nd year, and was Beef leader in the Andover Aces 4-H Club.  With close friend, Don Swaney, he started the Swa-Har Pheasant Farm, raising ornamental pheasants and quail at the homeplace in Andover.  Herb also enjoyed bee keeping, his fruit orchard, and grape arbors. 

In 1971, Herb and Billy bought a section of ground in Elk County and embarked on a new journey.  They moved to Howard, Kansas after retiring in 1992.  While living in Elk County, Herb served on the Elk County Water District and helped frame the rural water now enjoyed by so many.  He also served on the Kansas Wind Farm task force, was a Silver Hair legislator, and is responsible for implementing the recycling program in Elk County, Kansas and attended the county commission meetings regularly. 

Herb's life was his faith and family, and he loved to share his passions with them.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing near Crested Butte, Colorado, so every year the family would make the pilgrimage to their favorite fishing spots.  He taught all of his children and grandchildren to fly fish here, and it became a lasting tradition.  His family still returns to this spot every year.  Herb also enjoyed a wide array of music, and he almost always had an album spinning, giving all his children a deep appreciation for it. 

Survivors include his wife, Lula May "Billy" Harrison; his children and their spouses, Cyril Reed Harrison (Peggy), Paul Barry Harrison (Carolyn), John Mark Harrison, William Eric Harrison, Leslie Ann Eldem (Brian), Kelly Brian Harrison (Tanja), and Nancy Lou Gorton (Michael); 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.   
Herb is preceded in death by his parents and all eight of his siblings and their spouses.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Andover United Methodist Church, 1429 N. Andover Road, Andover, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Herbert Paul Harrison and Lula May "Billy" Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund at Wichita State Foundation, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, Kansas 67260.  Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(published in the Wichita Eagle - 11/29/2017)

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