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Carol Elizabeth Pope, age 83, of Eureka, Kansas, passed away January 14, 2020 at the Eureka Nursing Center.  She was born January 28, 1936 in Dupree, South Dakota to Carl and Gerda Johnson.

Carol was raised on the family homestead alongside two siblings.  Her early years of school were attended in a one-room schoolhouse built on skids that would be moved around the area, depending on where the largest concentration of kids were.  She graduated high school with top honors and was her class valedictorian.  After high school, she attended Black Hills State College for one year before meeting her future husband while working at the local grain elevator.

On October 20, 1955, Carol married Leon Pope in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  They moved to the Eureka, Kansas area in 1977, raising two sons together.  She is remembered as a dedicated wife and mother.  She loved to play cards with her sons, enjoyed taking them fishing, and had conversations with them about real life.  She worked at the Greenwood County Courthouse for many years, retiring as the County Clerk.

Carol is survived by her husband, Leon Pope; her sons, Boyd (Tarah) Pope of Rose Hill, Kansas and Brian (Tallie) Pope of Fall River, Kansas; her grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa) Pope of Wichita, Kansas, Bethany Pope of Nashville, Tennessee, Brooke (Nate) Hughes of Wichita, Kansas, Heath (Jeni) Pope of Severy, Kansas, and Jerrad (Katelyn) Pope of Howard, Kansas; and ten great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold Johnson; and her sister, Viola Shrader.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Severy Baptist Church in Severy, Kansas.  Interment will follow in the Janesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Kansas.  Memorial contributions in Carol's name may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice and can be mailed to the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Roland E. Barnaby, age 80, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away January 10, 2020.  He was born on December 29, 1939, the son of James and Doris Barnaby.

Roland grew up in rural Howard, Kansas and graduated from Howard High School in 1958.  He was an avid fisherman.  He competed in bass fishing tournaments and also fished for crappie.  He was a fan of good old country music and also had a ham radio under the call sign "Norad".

Roland is survived by his wife, Lorna; his son, Jason (Tina) Barnaby; his daughter-in-law, Laura Shyrock; his brother, Les (Wayne) Barnaby; his sisters, Geneva Barnaby and Wannita Arnold; his grandchildren, Joseph (Starla) Barnaby, Bethany (Alex) Tyler, Thomas Barnaby, and Mayece Barnaby; and a great-grandson, Mason Edward Tyler.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Doris Barnaby; his son, Troy Barnaby; and his brothers, Max Barnaby, Steve Barnaby, and Dale Barnaby.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, Kansas 67209.

(taken from the Resthaven Mortuary and Gardens of Memory website)

Judith "Judy" Harder, age 77, of Longton, Kansas, passed away January 3, 2020 at her home.  She was born on November 26, 1942 in Topeka, Kansas to George and Virginia (Tschantz) Bates.

Judy graduated from Seamon High School in Topeka and worked at Stormont-Vail Hospital as a nurse's aide where she met her future husband, Robert L. Harder.  They married in 1962 and moved to Independence, Kansas in 1966 where their children were born.  They later divorced, and Judy moved to Longton in 1978 where she lived until her passing.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Robyn (Jim) Coleman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; her son, David Harder of Florida; her brother, Michael (Diana) Bates of Topeka, Kansas; her sister, Bobbie Broadbent of Topeka, Kansas; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Robert "Bobby" Harder.

Cremation has been requested.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Community Church, 100 N. Kansas, Longton, Kansas.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Christian Community Church or the American Cancer Society and can be mailed to the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 is in charge of arrangements.

(published in the Prairie Star - 01/15/2020)

Janice Irene Wells of El Dorado, Kansas and formerly of Piedmont, Kansas, passed away January 4, 2020 at LakePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of El Dorado at the age of 78.  She was born August 28, 1941 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the daughter of Willis and Ruby (Harbour) Atherton.

Janice was raised in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Wichita West High School with the Class of 1959.  Following graduation, she attended Wichita State University.  She soon married and moved frequently, working several jobs.  She was blessed with three children.  In 1985, Janice and her children settled in Piedmont, Kansas where she went to work for Ervin's Convenience Store and eventually met Lee Riggs who was the love of her life. Janice loved her children and grandchildren, her animals, auctions, and collecting antiques.

Janice is survived by her three children, Jeffrey Allen (Patty) Wells of Killeen, Texas, Jenifer Anne VanHorn of Wichita, Kansas, and Josh Evan (Larissa) Wells of Eureka, Kansas; eleven grandchildren, Holly VanHorn, Michael Wells, Tori VanHorn, Alyssa Wells, Kimberly Betts, Traeveor McPherson, Tanner Wells, Taylor Wells, Tyler Wells, Tyrel Wells, and Trayce Wells; two great-grandchildren, Rhylie and Raylan Wells; and her significant other, Lee Rigs.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Farm Ridge Cemetery, 6200 C. Road, Elk City, Kansas with Mr. Craig Olson of Eureka, Kansas officiating.  Visitation hours are set from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Koup Family Funeral Home, 121 N. Oak Street, Eureka, Kansas which is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / STALEY, Betty Louise (Flagler) - d. December 13, 2019
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:14:34 pm »
Betty Louise Staley, 86, passed away peacefully in her home in Prescott Valley, Arizona surrounded by family on December 13, 2019.  She was born and raised in Howard, Kansas to Floyd and Opal Flagler. 

Betty took great pride in her Kansas roots and would always proudly proclaim that she was a "tough farm girl".  She graduated from Howard High School and married fellow Howard High School graduate, Howard Staley, in 1955.  They were happily married for 58 wonderful years.  Not long after their wedding, Betty and Howard moved to Phoenix, Arizona for a job opportunity and to start their family.

Betty was a self-proclaimed "Jack of All Trades: and appropriately held a variety of jobs through her life.  She talked most about her time spent working in Young's Radiator Shop.  She was also very involved with the local YMCA and with her children's school as PTA President.

Betty had many passions in her lifetime but was most known for her love of cooking, gardening, sewing, camping, fishing, and riding dirt bikes.  She passed most of her hobbies on to her every growing family, and in retirement, she enjoyed cheering on her grandkids and great-grandkids at the motorcycle races most weekends.

Betty is survived by her son, Frank Staley of Peoria, Arizona; her daughter, Gail Porter of Prescott, Arizona; five grandchildren, Melissa Merrill, Ryan Staley, Derik Staley, Crystal Pierce, and Jennifer Mevissen; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Merrill, Paige Merrill, Braxton Staley, and Brayden Mevissen; her sister-in-law, Jean Barber of Iola, Kansas; one nephew, Barry Barber; and two nieces, Brenda Bumgardner and Belinda Bertincino.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Opal Flagler; her brother, Floyd "Jake" Flagler; and her husband, Howard Staley.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Prescott Valley, Arizona on January 11, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

(published in the Prairie Star - 01/01/2020)

Darrel E. Schultz, age 68, of Paola, Kansas, passed away quietly on January 1, 2020 at Advent Health Hospital, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.  He was born November 21, 1951 in Canton, Ohio, the son of John and Bonnie (Hutchison) Schultz.

Darrel grew up in and around Zanesville, Ohio and the surrounding communities.  He was married and divorced several times.  He became the father to Craig Schultz, Adam Schultz, and Darrel Schultz, Jr.  He spent most of his life as a roofing contractor in Ohio, Texas, Missouri, and Kansas.  He ran heavy equipment and owned and operated an auto repair shop in Elk Falls, Kansas, and he also loved to raise a few cattle.

Darrel and Sandra (Debrick) Jones met in Elk Falls, Kansas and were married in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on December 6, 1991.  Through this union, he gained two more sons, Chris Jones and Lester Jones.  In 2011, he and Sandy moved outside of Paola, Kansas to be close to her family.  Darrel always loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, raising cattle, playing with his dogs, and trying to tame the cats.

Darrel is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons, Craig (Heather), Adam, and Darrel Jr. of Ohio, Chris (Denna) of LaCygne, Kansas, and Lester (Molly) of Paola, Kansas; grandchildren, Dalton, MacKenzie, and Nathan of Ohio, Tanna and Chylar of LaCygne, Kansas, and Max and Urijah of Paola, Kansas; sisters, Jean Parker, Cheryl Howell, Diana Mayle, and Michelle Schultz of Ohio and Joyce Goodwin of Washington; brothers, Bob Schultz of Florida and Charles Lewis of Ohio; and many other family members, both in Kansas and Ohio.  Those preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Karen Webb, and two grandchildren, Grace and Chase. 

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 34868 Block Road, Paola, Kansas followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. also at the church.  Memorials have been established for the Block Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion #0149 in Howard, Kansas, and American Legion in Paola, Kansas.  Contributions can be sent to Dengal & Son Mortuary, 305 N. Pearl Street, Paola, Kanas 66071 which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Dengel & Son Mortuary website)

Reed Kenton Rankin, age 21, of Fredonia, Kansas, passed away on December 29, 2019 at his home.  He was born on April 27, 1998 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, the son of Rustin and Jeanne (DeLay) Rankin.

Reed was a graduate of Fredonia High School, Class of 2016.  He was currently a senior at the University of Kansas and had just gotten accepted into the KU Law School.  He was an avid history fan and enjoyed reading and collecting Eastern Bloc weaponry.  He enjoyed learning different languages and was currently studying Russian for his upcoming trip and was also a huge fan of HP Lovecraft.  While in high school, Reed was a Scholars Bowl Champion 4 years in a row.  He was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family and his cats, Smokey and Dante.

Reed is survived by his parents, Rustin and Jeanne Rankin of Fredonia, Kansas; his siblings, Ryan Rankin and Jeannette Rankin of Fredonia, Kansas; and his paternal grandmother, Avanelle Rankin of Longton, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard Rankin and Jack and Karen DeLay.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11:30 A.M. at Countryside Funeral Home in Fredonia, Kansas with cremation to follow.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family at  Memorials have been suggested to the Fredonia Pound Pals and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 420 S. 20th Street, Fredonia, Kansas 66736 is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / GADIN, Wajo James - d. December 20, 2019
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:44:04 am »
Wajo James Gadin, age 55, of Longton, Kanas, passed away December 20, 2019 at his home. 

Service details are pending.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Betty Marie Courter of Eureka, Kansas and formerly of Severy, Kansas, passed away on December 25, 2019 at the Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka at the age of 88.  She was born on March 22, 1931 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of William Oliver and Edna Gladys (Barg) Henry.

Betty was raised in the Severy area and attended local schools, graduating from Severy High School with the Class of 1949.  On May 22, 1949, she was united in marriage to Charles Clayton Courter in Eureka.  They made their home in Severy.  To this union, five children were born.

Betty was a bus driver and custodian at the Severy schools.  In 1972, the family moved to Goddard, Kansas, and in 1977, they moved to Cimarron where she was a bus driver again.  In the mid 1990s, they retired to Severy.  Clayton preceded her in death on July 19, 1998.  Betty was a member of the Severy United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Cosmos Club, and the Severy Coffee Club.

Betty is survived by her children, Charles Clayton, Jr. (Jeannie) Courter of Parker, Colorado, William Anthony Courter of Severy, Kansas, Janet Brown of Emporia, Kansas, Mark Alan (Teresa) Courter of Cocoa, Florida, and Nancy (Charlie) Garcia of Emporia, Kansas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Harriett Sue Volmer of Independence, Missouri.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, William "Bill" Henry.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy, Kansas with Pastor Susan Galvan officiating.  Cremation has been effected, and inurnment will follow the service at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Severy United Methodist Women.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, 121 N. Oak Street, Eureka, Kansas 67045 which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)

Tamara Lyn "Tamee" Watts of Olpe, Kansas entered into rest on December 18, 2019 at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka, Kansas.  She was 53 years old.  She was born on February 27, 1966 in Manchester, New Hampshire to Frank E. and Judith Y. Smith.

Tamee moved with her parents to Orange, California, and she attended Villa Park and Orange High Schools and was active in the student choir.  She moved to Kansas in 1997.

Tamee is survived by her husband, Alvin Watts of Olpe, Kansas; her mother, Judith Y. Smith of Orange, California; two daughters of Orange, California; a son and granddaughter of Washington; and three sons and a daughter of Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation will take place on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Charter Funerals, Emporia Chapel, 501 W. 6th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801.  The funeral service following the visitation will be officiated by Rev. James Scott.  Graveside service will take place at the Virgil Cemetery in Virgil, Kansas on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with arrangements.

(taken from the Charter Funerals website)

Tamara Watts's husband, Alvin Watts, grew up in Howard, Kansas and attended the local schools.

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