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Kevin Dennis O'Neill, age 68, of Fredonia, Kansas, passed away on August 3, 2022 at Fredonia Regional Hospital in Fredonia.  He was born July 9, 1954 in Okeene, Oklahoma, the son of Eugene Edward "Jim" and Lenora (Luebbers) O'Neill.

Kevin graduated from Okeene High School in 1972.  He later attended St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.  On August 12, 1978, he was united in marriage to Connie Gillespie in Moline, Kansas. 

Kevin worked as an Industrial Arts/Shop teacher at West Elk High School in Howard, Kansas.  He then moved to Fredonia where he taught at Altoona-Midway High School in Altoona, Kansas and also taught Industrial Arts/Shop classes.  After many years as a teacher, Kevin was employed with Lafarge Cement Company for 14 years.

Whle he was working for the cement plant, he took classes from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas and received his Masters Degree in Industrial Arts.  In 1990, he became Instructor of Engineering Technology and Drafting at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas for the next 24 years. 

Kevin enjoyed bowhunting for deer, woodworking, and he loved to tinker with lawnmowers and trailers.  He also like fly-fishing, fly-tying, taking pictures of wildlife, and nature watching.  He was known as the real MacGyver as he could fabricate and fix almost anything.  After he retired, he spent a lot of his free time at the Kitchen Table visiting with family and friends. 

Kevin was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia, Knights of Columbus, Board of Regents for Junior Colleges, and Kansas Bowhunters Association.  He also helped start the FAB Lab at ICC in Independence, was a Boy Scout Leader and was a Little League baseball coach.

Survivors include his wife, Connie of the home; his children, Brian (Lisa) O'Neill of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jennifer (Nicholas) Pfizenmaier of Clay Center, Kansas; Sean (Lesli) O'Neill of Ellinwood, Kansas; his grandddaughter, Frances O'Neil of Ellinwood, Kansas; his siblings, Karen (Gene) Bunker of Dodge City, Kansas, Father John O'Neill of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Mary Johnson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Patrick (Diane) O'Neill of Burke, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Wilbur and June Gillespie; and his brother-in-law, Scott Johnson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1223 Madison Street, Fredonia, Kasnas with Father Stuart Smeltzer, celebrant.  The Rosary will be recited at 7;00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at the church.  The family will receive friends from 6;00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., also at the church. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Fredonia. Memorial remembrances are suggested to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Wounded Warrior Project and may be left with or mailed to Wickham Family Funeral Home, 510 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas 66736 which has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Wickham Family Funeral Home website)
Clifford D. Kater, age 90, passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2022 at Wesley Medical Ceneter in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born to Otto and Ella Kater on July 27, 1932 in Newton, Kansas. 

Cliff was a teacher and coach in the Howard School District in Howard, Kansas in the early 1960s.  He was an educator, owned a driving school, and owned a custodial supply company through the years.  He also worked as a supervisor of Building and Grounds for the Junction City, Kansas school district.

You could often find Cliff enjoying a peaceful day of fishing or spending quality time with his beloved grandkids.  He made a point to be thoughtful and kind to every person he met.  He loved making people smile; even on his final day, he was in good spirits and winning the affections of his nurses and those nearby. May Cliff have a happy heavely birthday celebration with Donna and walk hand-in-had with Our Savior.

Cliff is survived by his brother, Jack Kater of Sedgwick, Kansas; his son, Dale D. Kater of Phoenix, Arizona; his daughter, Tamlette V. Pouncil of Wichita, Kansas; as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 64 years, Donna June Kater on July 8, 2022. 

(published in the Wichita Eagle - 08/03/2022)   
Rodney Lynn "Rod" Millls was born on July 17, 1963 in Kansas City, Kansas to Rodger and Glenda (Beaumont) Mills.  Life isn't always balanced, and on July 22, 2022, depression tipped the scales, resulting in a tragic ending.

For most of his childhood, Rod grew up in Moline, Kansas, graduating from West Elk High School in Howard, Kansas in 1981.  His love for hot rods and fast cars started from an early age.  He was wrenching on his own at only 14 years of age with skills and knowledge improving with age and experience.  The "more power the better" attitude awarded him multiple trips to the winner's circle at the drag strip but also a quick trip to the slammer for street racing, a secret that was revealed during a game of "Have you Ever?" in the car with the kids.

Rod worked in Dalhart, Texas as a mechanic for several years.  He then moved back to Moline, Kansas and opened his own automotive shop.  The next place for him to turn wrenches landed him at Reedy Ford in Arkansas City, Kansas.  For many years, Rod commuted back and forth from Moline, but he finally moved to Arkansas City, making it his permanent residence. 

Rod wasa united in marriage to Mariana in 2004 .  They had three children together - Blake, Ashlynn, and Marissa.  He worked for Reedy Ford as a Senior Master Tech for 14 years before going independently again with Mills Automotive Repair.  He was known throughout all of southern Kansas as the "Ford Man". 

Changing gears in 2019, he became a Snap-On franchisee owner where he visited shop-to-shop locking customers into their love-hate relationship with tools and their weekly payment plan.  Often, Mr. Snappy and Jr. Snappy could be seen on Facebook with their latest videos sharing the latest specials or the Pick Ten drawings.   When people would call, they would be greeted with "This is Rod, SNAP-ON, Baby". 

Rod's life was full of love and laughter despite the lows that he struggled with.  He was a quiet but incredibly giving man, sometimes to his own demise.  Although his life included many adventures of hunting, fishing, riding, and racing, his greatest pride and joy was his children, reuniting with his oldest son, and meeting his grandsons.  The entire family was extremely proud of him for being sober for the last 8 months.

Rod is survived by his wife, Mariana; his children, Harvey Lance (Jada) Featherson, Blake Mills, Ashlynn Mills, and Marissa Mills; grandsons, Keegan, Kyler, and Huxtyn Featherson; his sister, Lorri (Jay) Robert; his nieces, Jaiden and Brooke; his brother-in-law, Michael (Pamala) Davidson and their children, Sierra, Cheyenne, and Dakota; and his mother-n-law, Melba Davidson.  He was preceded in death by his father, Rodger Mills; his mother, Glenda Mills; and his father-in-law, Larry Davidson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City, Kansas.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 3125 N. Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kasnas 67005.  Burial will take place at Hope Cemetery west of Arkansas City, Kansas.  in lieu of flowers, donations may be made for the Rod Mills Automotive/Tools Scholarship Fund.  Online condolences may be made at  Arrangements have been entrusted to Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, 100 E. Kanas Avenue, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005.

(taken from the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home website)
Douglas Lee "Doug" Moore, age 71, of Rose Hill, Kansas and formerly of Howard, Kansas, passed away July 21, 2022 at Rock Regional Hospital in Derby, Kansas.  He was born in Wichita, Kansas to Paul and Izola (Rarick) Moore on August 31, 1950.

Doug attended the Howard public schools and graduated from Howard High School in 1969.  After graduating, he got his first job in the Howard Pool Hall.  After several years of working there, an opportunity to buy it from the retiring owner presented itself, and Doug's Place was born!!!  For the next 30+ years, Doug and his dad entertained and fed many locals from high schoolers to senior citizens.  Doug's Place was a highlight of Main Street with pool, arcade games, dominoes, a jukebox, pickled eggs, and red beer.  Doug was a fantastic business man and ran his place well.  When he wasn't at work, he thoroughly enjoyed going out to the family farm.  It was his favorite place to get some fresh air, and he had a mission to cut down all those "pesky cedar trees".

As the family of three aged and needed more support, Doug and his parents lived together for many yearsw at Twilight Manor in Howard.  After Paul's death, Doug and Izola moved to Fountainview Nursing Home in Rose Hill, Kansas in 2015 which was closer to his sister, Paula.

Doug passed the time there doing beautiful puzzles, singing with visiting churches, and watching tons of sports.  He loved the Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Wildcats, and Shockers.  His daily attire often boasted of his loyal support for these teams.  Doug was a lifelong member of the Howard Methodist Church and a connoisseur of Toot's cheeseburgers and milkshakes.

Doug is survived by his sister, Paula and Richard Pearson, his brother, Pat Moore, his nieces and nephews, Chad, Shay, Billy, Tasha, Scott, Emily, Garrett, and Jana; his great-nieces and great-nephews, Satchel, Chloe, Jon, Linen, Camryn, Holden, Sutton, Brooke, Bree, Lily, Ivy, and Abby; and his great-great nieces, Isla, Lucca, Zolia, and Mia.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Izola Moore.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Howard United Methodist Church in Howard, Kansas.  Interment will follow at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Howard United Methodist Church and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Gary M. Kling, age 75, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away on July 19, 2022.  He was born on December 29, 1946 to Melvin and Anita (Ferry) Kling.

Gary's grandparents, Leslie and Vera Ferry and Charles and Blanche Kling, and other relatives all lived in Howard, Kansas, and Gary and his sister, Sue Retta were frequent visitors during the summers and made many friends in the area. 

Gary is survived by his sister, Sue Retta (Travis) Lewis; a nephew, Steven (Julie) Lewis; a niece, Kathy Oelschlager; two great-nieces, Alyssa and Kaylee Oelschlager; and three great-nephews, Jesse, Joel, and Josh Lewis.  He was preceded in dedath by his parents, his grandparents, and a niece, Beckie Lewis.

A funeral service was held on July 23, 2022 at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita, Kansa followed by graveside service at Resthaven Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be sent to Senior Services, 2005 Walnut Street, Wichita, Knasas 67213.

(taken from the Resthaven Mortuary website)
Margie Spangler of Severy, Kansas, passed away on July 20, 2022 in Bentonville, Arkansas.  She was 92 years old.  She was born to Wilma and Oliver Flinn on December 6, 1929 in Wichita, Kansas.

Margie married John Spangler on December 23, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas.  The couple had two children, Deborah and Dexter.  John and Margie moved to Severy, Kanas in 1960 where they opened a bait shop which they ran until 1972.  Margie worked there as well as working for 17 years for Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missedc.

Margie is survived by her children, Deborah Spunaugle of Durham, North Carolina and Dexter Spangler of Golden, Missouri; three granddaughters, Brenda and Brandi Spangler, both of Helena, Montana, and Dee Ann Lazaro of Hays, Kansas; and two sisters, Olita McGee of Grove, Oklahoma and Donna Holt of Wichita, Kansas.  Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Wilma and Oliver Flinn; her husband, John Spangler; her granddaughter, Traci Spangler; her brothers, William, Robert, and Virgil; and her sisters, Gwindolin, Doris, JoAnn, Patricia, Caroline, and Detsy.

Arrangenmements for a memorial are pending.

(taken from the Severy Scoop Facebook page)
Michael Dale Jordan, age 62, of Moline, Kansas, passed away June 5, 2022 at Montgomery Place in Independence, Kansas.  He was born March 13, 1960 in Dallas, Texas to Newell B. Jordan, Sr. and Freda Mae (Condon) Jordan.

Mike graduated from West Elk High School in Howard, Kansas.  He lived in many different places before settling in Moline, Kansas.  He worked as a mechanic and truck driver for his family business, N.B. Jordan and Sons Trucking Service, for over 46 years before he retired in 2017.

Mike enjoyed fishing, writing poems, and was an amazing artist, especially with pencil drawings.  His gavorite job was being a Papa to Zach, Alex, Noah, and MaKelty, who also happened to be his favorite people.  In his younger years, he loved loud music, fast women, and even faster cars.

Mike is survived by one son, Robert Blake (Jill) Cundell; two daughters, Melinda Marie (P.J.) Joseph and Cheyenne Hope Jordan; his father, Newell B. Jordan, Sr.; two brothers, Paul (Elizabeth) Jordan and Newell B. (Joann) Jordan, Jr.; three sisters, Brenda (Rick) Kistler, Sandra Jean Peyton, and Carolyn Sue (Michael) Ades; 10 grandchidlren; and many other family members and friends.  He was preceded in dedath by his mother, Freda Jordan; one sister, MaLinda Jordan; and one granddaughter, Kaibryn.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service was held on June 12, 2022 at the Moline City Park in Moline, Kansas.  Dickens Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Dickens Family Funeral Home Facebook page)
Ida May Hendricks, age 89, of Independence, Kansas, passed away on July 14, 2022.  She was born at home near Lookout, Oklahoma on June 22, 1933 to Daniel and Ada (Furtney ) Black. 

May was the youngest of seven children.  Her father, a veterinarian and farmer, died when she was 4 years old, leaving her mother to raise all the kids on a small farm near Freedom, Oklahoma. May graduated from high school with the Class of 1952.  May married G. Bruce Hendricks on April 27, 1965 in Woodward, Oklhaomaa.  They ranched near Comanche, Kanas where their son, Douglas Ben, was born in March of 1966.  In 1972, they moved to Eureka, Kansas where they bought a ranch. That property was struck by a tornado in May 1974, dewstroying everything.  Soon after that, they moved to their ranch south of Longton, Kansas.  In 1981, her husband died of cancer.

May was a hard working lady, whether on the ranch or doing various jobs around town.  In 1983, she took a job with Emerson Electric and moved to Independence shortly after that.  While she officially retired from Emerson in 1988, she worked up until her eyesight would not allow her to.  She loved helping those less fortunate from caring for the elderly, driving for various service agencies, sewing and mending items, to demonstrating items at stores.  She liked to stay busy cooking, crafting, painting, sewing, and traveling, especiallly with her longtime companion, Dean Terry.  After her twin granddaughters were born, she and Donna Rexwinkle loved to come and spend a day with them.  She was a faithful member of Independence Wesleyan Church and the Elk City Old Iron Club.

May is survived by her son, Doug (Liz) Hendricks of Howard, Kansas; two granddaughters, Anna and Rachel Hendricks of Howard, Kansas;  sister-in-law, Reva (Black) Maddox of Alva, Oklahoma; stepson, Frank Hendricks of Skiatook, Oklahoma; step-grandson, Clint Hendricks; a step grandddaguther, April; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her hnusband; and her six siblings, Nellie Bates, Roy Black, John Black, Alice Welty, Frank Black, and Fred Black.

Graveside services were held at Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan, Kansas on July 19, 2022.  A memorial was established to Independence Wesleyan Church, 1400 N. 8th, Independence, Kansas 67310.  Potts Funeral Chapel of Independence, Kansas was entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Potts Funeral Chapel website)
Betty J. Rumbley, age 81, a resident of Trenton, Missouri, passed away on July 16, 2022 at her residence.  She was born September 8, 1940 at Cambridge, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence Levi and Margaret Maude Terrell.

Betty was married to James Emery Rumbley on July 2, 1961 at Trenton, Missouri.  They lived in Wichita, Kansas and moved back to Trenton, Missouri in retirement in 1999. 

Betty's survivors  include one daughter, Cheryl Lynn (John) Poettker of Wichita, Kansas; one son, James Eugene (Kim) Rumbley of Cibolo, Texas; two grandchildren, Ashley Poettker and Dustin (Molley) Poettker, all of Wichita, Kansas; one great-grandddaughter, Lillie Poettker of Wichita, Kansas; and three sisters, Darline Terrell of Leawood, Kansas, Judy Terrell of Winfield, Kansas, and Nadine (Marlin) Baumgartel of Howard, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Jefferson Dewayne Rumbley; and one brother, Robert Terrell.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Slater-Neal Funeral HOme in Trenton, Missouri.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at the First Baptist Church, 2421 Oklahoma Avenue, Trenton, Missouri with burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Trenton.  A memorial has been established to help with expenses and may be left with the funeral home.    Slater-Neal Funeral Home, 813 Custer Street, Trenton, Missouri 64683 has been entrusted with arrangements(

(taken from the Resthaven Mortuary website)
Donna June Kater, PhD, age 84, passed away on July 8, 2022 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.  She was born to John Clifford and Ruth Elizabeth (Davis) Schmidt on November 15, 1937 in Syracuse, Kansas.

Donna's educational milestones included:  1950-1954 Syracuse High School in Syracuse, Kansas; 1954-1959 Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas - Bachelor's degree; 1965-1970 Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas - Masters degree; and 1970-1973 Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas PhD degree.  Her professional career began as an elementary school teacher, and later she worked as a family counselor.  Dr. Kater counseled traumatized and grieving families in New York City following the 9/11 attacks and also counseled hurricane survivors.

Donna valued helping others "go from what is to what could be."  She had an insatiable love of books and life-long learning.  May she read with new eyes and remember with a fresh mind, walking hand in hand with our Savior. 

Donna is survived by her husband of 64 years, Clifford D. Kater of Wichita, Kasnas; her son, Dale D. Kater of Phoenix, Arizona; her daughter, Tamlette "Tami" V. Pouncil of Wichita, Kansas; her sister, Joy (Ron) Daerr of Viola, Kasnas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Russell Dean "Russ" Schmidt; and her sister, Bula Ann Morris.

A private service for family members will be held to honor Donna's distinguished life.  Remembrances and expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to The Alzheimer's Association.  The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support during this difficult time.  Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington Street, Hillsboro, Kansas has been entrusted with arrangements.

(published in the Wichita Eagle on 07/15/2022)

Donna Kater was the wife of Cliff Kater, former teacher and coach in the Howard School System in Howard, Kansas in the early 1960s. 
Donald Eugene "Don" Rice, 82, a former resident of Howard, Kansas, passed away on July 9. 2022 at his home in Derby, Kansas.  He was born on February 28, 1940 in Iola, Kansas to J.B. and Dorothy (Smith) Rice, the second of four children.

Don grew up primarily in Iola and later in Wichita, Kansas where he met and married Ellen Jane Butler in 1956.  She was 14 and he was 16.  After Don graduated from high school, he joined the armed forces serving his country in the United States Navy from 1961 till 1965 when he was injured in an explosion, losing partial sight and some mobility.  This injury didn't stop Don.  Upon his honorable release from the Navy, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.  Don taught for several years including at West Elk High School in Howard.  He and Ellen also owned the Howard Meat Locker for a time.  Ultimately, Don took a job in law enforcement with the Howard Police Department and retired as the Chief of Police after nearly 30 years of service to the community.

After retirement, Don got to spend time with his grandkids and was always such a font of knowledge and unconditional love.  He and Ellen worked as a team raising their own family of three daughters, and it just seemed such a natural transition from Dad to Grandpa.  His selfless nature is something that many will remembers, not only within his family unit but the couple's tendency to help complete strangers or truly anyone in need.

Don is survived by his three daughters, Polly Maher of Derby, Kanas, Peggy Springer of Macksville, Kansas, and Patty Rice of Derby, Kansas; sisters, Shirley (Jim) Jones of Sedgwick, Kansas and Karen Woods of Melvern, Kansas;  grandchildren,  Josh (Tasha) Gibson of Howard, Kansas, Jennifer (Derek) MacKay of Leawood, Kansas, Jared (Tamera) Miller of Iowa, David Maher of Wichita, Kansas, Jessy Springer of Macksville, Kansas, Jill (Gary) Drake of Norwich, Kansas, Jacob Springer of Larned, Kansas, Aubri Rice of Derby, Kansas, Carlos Rice of Derby, Kansas, and Jordyn Springer of Macksville, Kansas; and a great-grandson, Ash Gibson of Japan and eight additional great-grandchildren.  Don was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Dorothy; his wife, Ellen; and a brother, Richard Rice.

A memorial service to honor Don's life will be held on Monday, July 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Burial will take place at Cresco Cemetery near Howard.   Memorial contributions have been suggested to Sedgwick County Zoo Education Scholarship Fund and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Donny Gene "Don" Perkins passed away at the age of 85 on July 12, 2022 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born November 20, 1936 to Emma Bernadine (Moore) and Earl E. Perkins six miles west of Howard, Kansas in the family home. 

Don attended Union Center rural school and graduated from Howard High School in 1954. He graduated from Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas in 1958, studying Animal Husbandry.  He was a member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. 

After graduation, Don returned to the cow/calf ranch near Howard and helped create Earl Perkins & Sons with his father and brother, Bill.  This continued the ranching operation that has now existed for over a hundred years.  In 1963, he married Shelby Wells of Independence, Kansas.  Three sons were born to this union, Rick, Patrick, and Philip.

Don served on many committees and boards throughout his lifetime.  Those capacities were as president of Caney Valley Electric Co-Op, president of Elk County Farm Bureau, Howard Fair Board President, and on the 4-H Sale Committee.  He served on the Soil Conservation Board for many years.  He was on the Extension Council, was a 4-H leader, and served on the Howard High School Alumni Board. 

Through the years, many awards were given to the ranch for Soil Conservation Practices and Range Management.  The ranch, the pasture, and the cattle were his real passions.

Don is survived by his wife, Shelby Sue of Howard, Kansas; his brother, Bill (Ramona Sue) Perkins of Howard, Kansas; his sons, Rick (Susan) Perkins of Wichita, Kansas, Patrick (Julie) Perkins of Howard, Kannas, and Philip Perkins of Shawnee, Kansas; grandchildren, Tegan (T.J.) Ulmen of Goddard, Kansas, Emily and fiance Brody Nicholas of Osage City, Kansas, Angela Perkins of Manhattan, Kansas, and Christina Perkins of Howard, Kansas; and great-grandchild, Quincy Ulmen of Goddard, Kansas.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Bernadine; his father, Earl; and his sister, Betty Jo. 

Memorial service will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church in Howard, Kasnas with Pastor Katy Jordan officiating.  Services will be availabe for viewing under his obituary page at  The family has requested  memorial contriubtions be made payable to the Howard United Methodist Church and may be left in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Avenue, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337 which has been entrusted with arrangements.  To leave an online message of condolence or to share a memory, visit

(taken from the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel website)
Glenn Leroy Kaufman, age 93, of Elk Falls, Kansas, passed away on July 3, 2022 at the Joy Home in Oxford, Kansas.  He was born January 22, 1929 in Newton, Kansas, the youngest of five children to Harry and Annie (Boeckner) Kaufman.

As a young boy, Glenn could handle a team of horses with a plow and helped around the farm with milking, chores, and harvesting crops.  At age 17, he was part of a wheat harvest crew, and a year later, he invested in equipment and a crew of his own. 

Glenn attended Hesston Academy where he met the love of his life, Mary Yoder.  Glenn and Mary were married on February 25, 1949 in Hutchinson, Kansas. They were married for 72 years. Four children blessed their family, Gerald, Jane, Peggy, and Jeana. 

Over a span of 70 years, Glenn and Mary lived in six different farm and ranch locations raising dary and beef cattle, sheep, hogs, and horses.  Glenn loved his grandchildren and enjoyed giving rides on his tractor and horses to his six grandchildren, Cherry, Zach, Clint, Rachelle, Brenna, and Grant.

Glenn also worked sixteen years at the Hesston Corporation in Hesston, Kansas while farming.  He loved rodeos, horse shows, cattle auctions, and was instrumental in the organization of the Chisholm Trail Saddle Club.  He was a member of the Hesston Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas and attended the Howard Methodist Church in Howard, Kansas and Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls, Kansas.

Glenn's family will carry stories of dad and grandpa, the farm, and his memory to the generations to come.  He was a man that was greatly loved and will be missed by his family.

Glenn is survived by his children and their spouses, Gerald L (Jessie) Kaufman of Kansas City, Kansas, Jane L. (Steve) Fry of Elk Falls, Kansas, Peggy L. (Keith) Frye of Middlebury, Indiana, and Jeana L. (Ron) Schneider of Hesston, Kansas; his sister, Fern Bontrager of Hutchinson, Kansas; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents; a brother, Floyd Kaufman; and two sisters, Alta Graber and Erma Snyder.

A private burial has taken place near Hesston, Kansas.  Memorials have been suggested to Kindred Hospice and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Onlince condolences may be left for the family at  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Darrell Lee Washington, age 77, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away at his home on June 25, 2022.  He was born on January 2, 1945 in Ft. Benning, Georgia, the son of Leo Benjamin and Alma (Patterson) Worthington.

After graduating from high school, Darrell joined the United States Army.  He worked as a Software Engineer until his retirement.  He loved working with computers and any kind of electronic equipment.  He enjoyed playing video games and listening to the older style of country and western music.

On May 14, 2021, Darrell married Elaine Nesmith.  She survives at their home.  Other survivors include four children, Sheila, Karla, Russell, and Darrell; four brothers; and numerous grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, and his previous wife, Bonnie.

Cremation has been requested, and no services are planned at this time.  Inurnment will be held at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas.  Memorials have been suggested to Compassion International in his memory which may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left at  Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Justin Kyle Bryan, age 43, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away June 13, 2022 at his home.  He was born November 25, 1978 in Junction City, Kansas to Steven and Lyneva (Sherman) Bryan.

Justin grew up in Herington, Kansas alongside two siblings and graduated from Salina South High School in Salina, Kansas.  Growing up, Justin was active in his church, 4-H, and Scouts.  He was active in 4-H for many years taking cooking and photography.  He really enjoyed photography and had a good eye for it from an early age.  He even once had a photograph of a sunset taken over Lake Herington that toured the Ag offices of Kanasas through a year as one of the top awarded 4-H pictures of the year.  The other 4-H members loved his antics so much that they re-elected him song leader for several years in a row.

Justin moved out to live on his own at age 20 and was very independent.  He rode a bus to work daily for 20 years with the help of his personal assistants.  For several years, he worked for Phillips Lighting in Salina, Kansas in the packing and shipping department.  He had numerous interests that included Mickey Mouse and Disney.  He had a collection of autographs from many of the characters he met at Disney World in Florida.

Justin loved participating in Special Olympics playing volleyball, basketball, track, and tennis.  He enjoyed country music, especially if he could sing along which the family often did while traveling.  Justin loved to give and receive presents and all birthdays and holidays.  He never forgot anyone's special day, whether it be someone's anniversary or birthday.  He would even call his mother to remind her of her friends' birthdays to make sure she didn't forget.

In 2016, Justin's dad, Steven Bryan, passed away.  They were always "buds", and Justin missed him dearly.  Justin was a conqueror.  He always saw the bright side of every situation and loved life to the fullest.  He took pride in doing his best at whatever he was doing and being a winner.  He never met a stranger and loved everyone.  He loved to share and had a kind, giving heart.  He was especially fond of being an uncle to Kylee and Tyler.

Justin is survived by his mother, Lyneva Bryan; his brother, Jeremy (Carolina) Bryan; his sister, Jennifer (Ryan) Guffey; and his niece and nephew, Kylee and Tyler Ryan.  He was preceded in death by his father, Steven Bryan.

Funeral services in honor of Justin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Interment will follow in Elk Falls Cemetery in Elk Falls, Kansas.  As Justin was very patriotic, happy-go-lucky, and a lover of parties, the family would like his service to be a Celebration of his departure from this world.  Please dress casual or patriotic for his service.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contriubitons be made to the Special Olympics Blue Thunder Team or to Countryside Funeral Home for a bench to be set at Elk Falls Cemetery in his honor.  These can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website) 
Wayne Dillon Barkus, age 59, of Tyro, Kansas, passed away June 2, 2022.  He was born May 30, 1963 in Winfield, Kansas to Donald and Sue (Satterlee) Barkus.  He was raised by Don and Norma Barkus in Howard, Kansas.  He attended West Elk High School in Howard with the Class of 1981.

Wayne started working at a young age in his dad's automotive shop and then as a mechanic for Ron Warrington at his garange in Howard.  He continued working for Ron for a few years until he went to work for A-Lent Construction Services.  He started his career as a millwright and worked his way up to Supervisor and Certified Crane Operator.  He then retired in July 2021 after a 37-year career with them.

Wayne is survived by his father, Donald (Norma) Barkus of Tyro, Kansas; his mother, Sue Webber of Apache Junction, Arizona; his children, Brandi (John) Mustain of Altoona, Kansas, Gatlin (Cassidy) Barkus of Burlington, Kansas, Dalton (Lily) Pendlteon of Neodesha, Kanas, and Oneisha (Dylan) Morgan of Moline, Kansas; grandchildren; Garrett Pendleton, Nolan Pendleton, Olivia Pendleton, Owen Morgan, and Rylee Morgan; and his sisters, Donna (Mike) Rozell of Winfield, Kansas, Melissa (Tracy Beitz) Barkus of Eureka, Kansas, and Marcy (Scott) Freed of Tyro, Kansas.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11;00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be left with the funeral home for the Wayne Barkus Memorial Fund for his grandchildren's education.  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Linda Sue Loebeck, age 73, a resident of Augusta, Kansas, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 1, 2022.  She was born August 5, 1948 in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the daughter of Louis Connard and Grace Marie (Griffith) Sharp.

After Linda's father retired from the military service, her family spent a brief time in Wichita, Kansas before settling in Howard, Kansas.  Linda enjoyed growing up in the Howard community with her large family that included 8 siblings.  She graduated from Howard High School with the Class of 1966.  She was involved in many school activities during her youth.

After high school, Linda attended classes at Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, Kansas.  She then moved to Emporia, Kansas where she met and later married Jim Loebeck on March 22, 1968.  The couple had two sons, David Robert and Donald Charles.

Linda attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas where she studied financial accounting.  She spent most of her career doing accounting for the firm, Agle & Gaeddert, regionally for Sonic Drive-In, and later Salina Steel.  In 1993, Linda moved into the banking industry working for Bank 10 Belton.  She later finished her career at Bank of America in Wichita, Kansas where she retired in 2011.

The great loves of her life were her sons and grandchildren.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, fishing, and spending time with her family.  One constant in Linda's life was a huge heart for animals, especially dogs.  Each chapter of her life journey has included a canine companion.  Linda's latest loves are her two dogs, Sara and Lea.

Linda is survived by her sons, David Robert (Sandy) Loebeck of Owasso, Oklahoma, Donald Charles Loebeck of Augusta, Kansas, and Bradley Wayne Loebeck of Phoenix, Arizona; her siblings, Martin (Pam) Sharp of Wichita, Kansas, Connie (Ronald) Shipman of Marion, Kansas, Myrna (Tom) Leckliter of El Dorado, Kansas, and Robert (Cindy) Sharp of Severy, Kansas; grandchildren, Eric Loebeck, Cody Loebeck, and Brock Loebeck; granddaughter, Amanda Loebeck; and great-grandchildren, Colton Loebeck and Seryna Loebeck.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Grace Sharp; her half-sister, Joan (Noakes) Karsing; her half-brother, Richard Noakes; and her sisters, Sharon (Sharp) Schouten and Judy (Sharp) Schouten.

Services were held on March 11, 2022 at Carlson & Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado, Kansas.  Burial followed at Piedmont Cemetery in Piedmont, Kansas.  Carlson & Kirby-Morris Funeral Home of El Dorado, Kansas was entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Carlson & Kirby-Morris Funeral Home website)
Carolyn Sue Chrisman, age 82, formerly of Winfield, Kansas, passed away May 20, 2022 at UT Health of Athens in Athens, Texas.  She was born December 11, 1939 in Grenola, Kansas, the daughter of Truman and Dorothy (Sweet) Harrington. 

Carolyn was raised and received her education in Grenola, Kansas, graduating from Grenola High School in 1957.  She was united in marriage to Tim L. Chrisman on October 14, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline, Kansas.  The couple lived in Winfield, Kansas for a few years and later in Sedan, Kansas for a short time before returning to Winfield.  Carolyn worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell for many year and also worked at the Walnut Valley Lanes. 

Carolyn enjoyed bowling and even received the "Bowler of the Year" award once.  Aditionally, her hobbies included crocheting blankets, watching movies, and putting together puzzles.  Most of all, Carolyn loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Carolyn's family includes her sons, Joe (Lisa) Chrisman and John Chrisman, all of Winfield, Kansas; her daughter, Marilyn (Steve) Crotser of Mabank, Texas; her eight grandchildren, Kelly (Martin) Jacques, Levi Chrisman, Rebecca Chrisman and fiance Brandon Beyard, Drew (Ally) Chrisman, Emily Chrisman, Seth Crotser, Caleb Crotser, and Sarah (Aaron) Roots; her eight great-grandchildren, Emilia, Abe, Lucy, Cash, Jagger, Charleigh, Benji, and Miriam; her two bonus great-grandchildren, Bryon and Kevin; her sister, Beth Moore; her aunt, Shirley Gillespie; her sisters-in-law, Janet Harrington and Janice Chrisman; and her brother-in-law, Mack (Joy) Chrisman.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Tim on May 24, 2003; her parents; her sisters, Peggy Harrington and Mary Miller; and her brother, Jim Harrington.

Graveside funeral service was held on May 27, 2022 at Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas.  A memorial was established to the Mabank Special Panthers Special Olympics Team.  Miles Funeral Service of Winfield, Kansas was entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Miles Funeral Service website)
Carol Jean Long, age 82, passed away May 12, 2022.  She was born on October 3, 1940 in Hilltop, Kansas to  Francis and Eda (Guenther) Light.

Carol grew up in Howard, Kansas and attended local schools.  She graduated from Howard High School in 1959.

Carol is survived by her sons, Rick (Holly) Castetter and Lucky (Colleen) Castetter; grandchildren, Dustin (RaeAnn) Henderson and David Henderson; great-grandchildren, Renee, Zack, C.J, and Phebee; great-great-grandson, Melvin; and her sister, Harriet Hyler of Howard, Kansas.  She is preceded in death bvy her parents, Francis and Eda Light; her hsuband, Melvin Long; her daughter, Linda Carinder; and her siblings, Lillian Hyler, Irene Britton, Joe Light, Charles Light, and Norma Lord. 

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, Kansas.  Baker Funeral Home of Wichita, Kansas was entrusted with arrangements.
Sheryl Ann "Termite" Hunt, age 77, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away May 10, 2022 at her home.  She was born June 17, 1944 in Winfield, Kansas, the daughter of Elvis Eugene "Slim" and Ruth Eleanor (Hoop) Renner.

Sheryl was raised in and around Oxford, Udall, and Moline, Kansas where her father farmed and ranched.  She attended school through 3rd grade in Oxford berfore her family moved to a farm near Moline in 1953.  She attended school there, graduating from Moline High School in 1962.

Following high school, Sheryl attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas from 1962 to 1964.  She later moved to Winfield where she worked in the Dietary Departments at both the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center and William Newton Hospital.  Sheryl was united in marriage to Gary Chester Hunt on February 26, 1990 in Winfield where the couple made their home.  She eventually started working at Binney & Smith Crayola Company where she remained for over 31 years, receiving several awards for her outstanding attendance.  Sheryl would take vacation from work only to help out at the farm during harvest time.  She later went to work for Galaxy Tool in the maintenance and shipping and receiving departments for over eight years, retiring on June 30, 2006.  Gary preceded Sheryl in death on May 15, 2018.

Sheryl enjoyed dogs, horses, being outdoors, and taking walks.  She was a member of the Moline Shining Star 4-H Club, the Binney & Smith 25-Year Club, and was involved with the Elk County Junior Leaders and the Elk County 4-H Council.

Survivors include her stepson, Michael (Jackie) Hunt of Arkansas City, Kansas; her three step-grandchidlren, Candace (Chris) Hendricks of Arkansas City, Kasnas, Chet (Amy) HUnt of Chanute, Kansas, and Kasha Hunt of Tonkawa, Oklahoma; and her five step-great-grandchidlren, Jaren Hendricks, Bailey Hendricks, Hunter Hendricks, Greyson Hunt, and Rowen Hunt.  Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gary.

Graveside memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Moline Cemetery in Moline, Kansas under the direction of Miles Funeral Service, 5001 E. 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas 67156.  In lieu of flowers, mememorials are suggested to the William Newton Healthcare Foundation.  Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

(taken from the Miles Funeral Service website)
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