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Obituaries / BAKER, Jane Lee - b. July 21, 1954 - d. November 23, 2021
« on: November 25, 2021, 06:21:00 PM »
Jane Lee Baker, age 67, of Moline, Kansas, passed away November 23, 2021.

A complete obituary will be posted when available.

Visitation will be held at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  A graveside service to honor Jane's life will be held at Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan, Kansas on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

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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Ann Marie (Robertson) Mize, age 75, of Severy, Kansas, passed away November 16, 2021 at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas.  She was born October 13, 1946 in Eureka, Kansas to Clifford and Betty (Bauder) Robertson.  She grew up in Howard, Kansas alongside two brother, and she graduated from Howard High School with the Class of 1964.

As a young lady, Ann met a young man at Charlie's Cafe who came to her table with a friend and started a conversation.  It was an instant connection, and on October 13, 1967, she married Lyle Mize, that same young man.  They shared 54 years together and raised three daughters.  They spent most of their years living in Severy, Kansas. 

Ann worked in the Elk County Clerk's office in Howard, Kansas and served as the Deputy County Clerk.  She was active in the Severy Baptist Church, helping with Vacation Bible School, and she was the church treasurer for about 40 years.  She enjoyed flower gardening, sharing pictures of nature with her kids and grandkids, and going to the movies with Lyle.  She had a talent for crocheting that she shared with her family and an occasional charity.  She brought yarn with her whenever she left town and refused to make the same thing twice.  Ann was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She cherished her children and grandchildren and will be missed by all of her family and friends.

Ann is survived by her husband, Lyle Mize; her daughters, Rebecca (Kendall) Harrell of Cincinnati, Ohio, Regina (Mark) Hall of Tirana, Albania, and Valerie (John) Duncan of Cincinnati, Ohio; her grandchildren, Piper Harrell, Kenleigh Harrell, Jesse Hall, Seth Hall, Leah Hall, Anne Hall, Broderic Duncan,  Zachary Duncan, Matthew Duncan, and Eli Duncan; and her brother, Melvin Robertson of Howard, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Neighl Robertson.

Funeral services for Ann will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Severy Baptist Church in Severy, Kansas.  Interment will follow in South Lawn Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Severy Baptist Church and can be mailed to or left with he funeral home.  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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James David "Jim" Dixon, age 75, of Moline, Kansas, passed away November 18, 2021 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  He was born in Winfield, Kansas on April 4, 1946 to Carlton and Margaret (McGinley) Dixon.

Jim was raised on a farm southwest of Moline, Kansas just across the way from his grandparents.  He wore a path out between his home and theirs.  He attended and graduated from Moline High School with the Class of 1964.  He was a true Hornet, white and blue.  After graduation, Jim joined the United States Army National Guard where he served until his honorable discharge when he then returned home.  He joined the American Legion where had been a member for 31 years.  He continued his education at Independence Community College and Emporia State University.

Jim was blessed with two daughters and a son, and he took great pride raising them on the farm.  He loved the land, fishing, hunting, and being at the lake.  He taught countless kids how to water ski during the summer.  Jim met each morning with zest.  He believed to get up and get with it.  He just loved living his life.  Jim was never scared of work.  He owned Dixon Oil and Drilling and raised cattle.  As much as he liked working, he also looked forward to the sunset because it meant quittin' time, and he enjoyed many a sunset with a cold beer. 

Jim was united in marriage to Robin Berntsen on his grandparents' anniversary, June 30, 2006.  He loved God and country, and he believed in the golden rule.  He supported the 4-H, the Drillers baseball team, and the Elk County Rodeo. 

Jim's memories will live on with his wife, Robin; his son, Curtis Dixon; his daughters, Kristy Hanks and Julia (Richard) Fechter; his brother and best friend, Mike (Cindy) Dixon; and his grandchildren, Rocky Hanks, Wyatt Fechter, and Payton Fechter.  He now rests with his parents, Carlton and Margaret Dixon, and his grandparents, Curtis and Julia Dixon.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Moline Methodist Church in Moline, Kansas.  Interment will follow at the Moline Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Moline Alumni or the Elk County Rodeo Association.  To share a memory to to leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com.  Services have been entrusted to Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.

(taken from the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel website)

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Martin Aamer Lanz, 55, of Coburg, Oregon and a frequent visitor in Howard, Kansas, passed away from COVID-19 and other related issues in the Bartlesville, Oklahoma hospital on November 2, 2021 with Nadine and Marlin Baumgartel by his side.  He was born September 20, 1966 to Lloyd Eugene and Tlaf Joyce Lanz. 

Martin was originally from Pakistan and came to the United States with his mother when he was seven years old.  They finally settled in Oregon, and as a youth, he helped his parents on the mint farm in Oregon learning the discipline of farm life.  He grew up in a Christian home, and as a younger man, he led a team of youth from his church on various mission trips.  He was gifted for being young at heart himself.

Martin graduated from Sheldon High School and joined the military, serving in the United Stats Army and was stationed in the Middle East.  He had a variety of career adventures which included working in a dental lab building crowns, and most recently, he worked for Bridge Access Specialties inspecting bridges. 

Martin was young at heart and enjoyed a good time for sure.  He enjoyed golf, baseball, watching sports, and amusement parks.  He loved life .........from grilling steaks with Marlin, learning how to play piano with Stacie, throwing water balloons with Levi, to a good old night on the town in his favorite purple shirt.  He will be remembered for the laughter and joy he brought to so many lives in Howard as his work brought him here for months at a time. 

Martin Lanz was a son, a brother, and a friend to many of us.  He traveled around the world in his 55 years, but now he has made it to his final destination, back in the arm s of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Martin is survived by his ex-wife, Carrie Jo Lanz; his daughter, Alyssa Franklin; his granddaughter, Isabelle of North Carolina; and two half-brothers, Tim and Jeff Lanz, both of Oregon. 

A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Howard, Kansas.  Memorial donations may be made in his name to the First Baptist Church, 145 Cedar Street, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(published in the Prairie Star - 11/11/2021)

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Claudia Ruth Jeanneret passed away at Eureka, Kansas on October 28, 2021.  She was born on July 7, 1948 in Gridley, Kansas to Charles and Alma Lee (Watts) Schlotterbeck.

Claudia spent her childhood in Eureka, graduating from Hamilton High School in 1966.  After school, she was united in marriage to Ray Jeanneret on October 14, 1967.  Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage before Ray's passing in 2016.

Claudia received her Associate's degree and worked as a registered nurse.  Her main place of practice was at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas from which she retired in 2011 after over 15 years of service.  She regularly played pitch games with friends and participated in bowling leagues.  She loved spending time with family, especially her grandkids.  She became especially fond of her daugher-in-law's chicken to whom she regularly fed apples. 

Claudia's memoryi will forever live on in the hearts of her children, Patrick (Teresa) Jeanneret of Eureka, Kansas and Lanita Keith of Wichita, Kansas; her 11 grandchildren; her 5 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Everett Schlotterbeck of Buffalo, Kansas and Andy Schlotterbeck of Virgil, Kansas; and 2 sisters, Rodena Holland of Andover, Kansas and Gayla Cox of Sedan, Kansas.  Preceding Claudia in death is her husband, Ray Jeanneret; her parents; and one brother, Ivan Joe Schlotterbeck.

Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements were entrusted to Van Arsdale Funeral Services of Madison, Kansas.

(taken from the Van Arsdale Funeral Services website)

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Ray and Claudia Jeanneret were former residents of Howard, Kansas.

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Obituaries / MITCHELL, Harvey John - b. April 9, 1934 - d. November 5, 2021
« on: November 15, 2021, 10:33:49 AM »
Harvey John Mitchell, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Longton, Kansas on November 5, 2021.  Born April 9, 1934, Harvey was adopted by Zubizoe and Russell Mitchell of Tempe, Arizona.  He graduated from Jordan High School in Long Beach, California and went on to attend Community College and the American Banker College from which he graduated.

Harvey was first employed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Bank Auditor.  He transitioned to private Bank Auditor in downtown Los Angeles and later became Vice-President of Golden State Bank.  In 1973, he moved to Escondido, California to become President and CEO of Escondido National Bank.  He helped many residents start new businesses and funded larger residential and commercial building companies in Escondido.  He served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles branch for 6 years and was on the building committee for the New Federal Reserve building completed in 1985.

Harvey was a community leader and was President of the Palomar Hospital Foundation, the Presidents Club of Palomar College, the regional and local Boys and Girls Organization, the YMCA, the Community Bankers of California, Ridge Ranch Home Owners Association, and Escondido Charter High School Foundation Board.  He served as a board member of the local Hospice and Escondido Community Clinic fundraising committee.  He held various positions in the Downtown Escondido Rotary Club through his years there and served as a 4-H leader.

Harvey was a founding member of the Escondido Community Foundation and was on the Department of Transportation local committee to build Highway 15 through Escondido.  He assisted in the negotiations to build a new shopping center in Escondido, North County Fair.  In 1985, he collaborated with the local high school to develop the MAP program.  M - Maintain a rigorous course of study with at least a 3.0 GPA.  A - Attend school daily.  P - Participate in school and/or community activities with a minimum of 100 hours.  Students who achieve this in four years will have guaranteed college admission to California State University in San Marcos.

As CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2012, Harvey built a new Escondido Chamber of Commerce building, raising $400,000 with members and businesses.  He developed and published the Escondido magazine and organized ongoing bi-annaul street fairs and "mixers" throughout the year.  Harvey has received numerous proclamations and recognitions from State Representative, Senators, and Mayors and even had a Harvey Mitchell Day in Escondido.

Harvey had a strong belief in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.  He was a member of the Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, California and attended the Christian Community Church and Longton United Methodist Church, both in Longton, Kansas.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Cathy (Mustoe); half sister, Bobbie Moehn; daughters, Kathy (Rick) Weaver, Lauren (Drew) McCoy, and Morgan Wasem; sons, David Mitchell and Michael Mitchell; grandchildren, Brittney McAlexander, Brett Weaver, Molly McCoy, Greg McCoy, and Russell Wasem; and great-grandson, Benjamin McAlexander.

Graveside services will be held at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kansas at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Elk County Community Foundation Longton Impact Fund, Longton Historical Society, Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, California, Longton United Methodist Church, or the Christian Community Church in Longton, Kansas.  Memorials can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

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Kathry "Jan" Kelly, age 85, of Severy, Kansas, passed away on November 8, 2021 at Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka, Kansas.  She was born February 22, 1936 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Joe and Grace (Goodman) Holland.

Jan graduated high school and then attended Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater,  Oklahoma.  She married Gene Kelly in Bartlesvile, Oklahoma on September 21, 1957.  Together they had one son, Ken, and spent 59 years together until his passing in November 2016.

Jan worked for Phillips 66 in Oklahoma for several years and then Forbes Law Firm in Eureka after she and Gene moved to Kansas where they settled on the Wine Glass Ranch in Elk County.  Jan worked hard, whether it was at her town job or on the ranch helping raise the Hereford cattle and fixing lunch for the ranch hands.  When her granddaughters came along, she got even busier making their costumes for every occasion and holiday there was along with taking them to church with her on Sunday.

In her free time, Jan was a member of the Severy United Methodist Church, was active teaching Sunday School and Bible School, was in the Garden Club, on the Howard State Bank board, in KLA, and part of the Kansas Cow Bells before it became Cattlewomen.  She never held back telling you how it was, but she would be there to help you out if you needed it.

Jan is survived by her son, Ken of Severy, Kansas; her granddaughters, Kactus (Miles) Bidwell and Kanyon (Cutter) Cole, all of Severy, Kansas; and great-grandchildren, Kash Bidwell, Konlee Bidwell, and Kalloway Cole. 

Visitation for Jan will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Severy United Methodist Church in Severy, Kansas.  Interment will follow in South Lawn Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Severy United Methodist Church and 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)

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Deborah Lucille Todd, age 65, of Augusta, Kansas, passed away on November 6, 2021.  She was born on March 1, 1936 to Merven Eugene and Edith Lucille Shipman in Winfield, Kansas.

Debbie grew up in Howard, Kansas and attended the Howard Schools with the Class of 1974.  She eventually made her way to El Dorado, Kanss where she raised her two children, Chris and Polly.  She was the rock of her family, not only holding the title of Mom but of Grandma, as well.  She was devoted to attending her family's events, whether it was a concert or a ballgame.  If she could not make it in person, she was watching the live stream without a doubt.  Her organizational skills allowed her to carefully keep the books for her husband Robert's roofing business for close to 50 years.  When she wasn't devoting her time to her family, she also enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and watching the red birds.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Robert Todd; her children, Chris (Susan) Shipman and Polly (Brian) Funk;  her grandchildren, Lexi, Leah, Kate, Aimee, and Abbigail; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Dale Shipman, Dallas Shipman, and Delores Hallman.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard.  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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Vera Louise "Sis" Lesher, age 80, of Howard, Kansas, passed away November 8, 2021.  She was born on October 16, 1941 in Cleveland, Oklahoma to Reed and Hazel (Walker) Hart.

Sis grew up in Sedan, Kansas and the surrounding areas, and from a young age began to develop and nourish her relationship with "her Jesus".  She spent her time enjoying all that the Lord had provided her, splashing in mud puddles any chance she got, yardwork, making a trip to the casino every once in awhile, and playing Farkle with her friends at the Sedan Senior Center.  Most of all, Sis loved her family.  She had four children and many nieces and nephews, both related and adopted. That didn't make a difference because she loved them all.

Sis leaves behind three of her children, Richard Wells of Alaska, Bill (Bridgette) Lesher of Sedan, Kansas, and Heather (Richie) Nowlin of Mexico, Missouri; grandchildren, Nicky (Justin) Boente, Devenie (Matt) Beckham, Deanna (Jamie) Spann, Ashley (Tim) Anthony, J. J. (Hailey) Chatfield, Chris (Lakin) Boyce, and Taylor (Josh) Boyce; her many nieces and nephews; numerous great-grandchildren; extended family members; and her lifelong best friend, Deanna "Nanner" Buckner.  She was loved greatly by all of them.  Preceding her in death and welcoming her in Heaven are her parents; her brothers, Kelly and Steve Hart; a daughter and son-in-law, Shawn and Larry Chatfield; and a grandson, Aaron Chatfield. 

A memorial service for Sis will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Howard, Kansas.  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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Joyce Lorraine Coffman, age 80, departed her earthly home after hearing the Trumpet of The Lord as her name was called upon to enter the gates of Heaven on September 21, 2021.  She was born on October 14, 1940 in Lisbon, North Dakota to Ivan and Goldie Morfitt.

Joyce enjoyed large family gatherings, cooking huge dinners for the holidays, baby-sitting her grandkids, raising peacocks, and quilting her grandkids' personalized baby blankets.  Joyce loved spending time with her family and her grandkids, most of all. 

Married on Christmas Eve in 1959, she cherished 61 years of devoted love to the love of her life, Martin J. Coffman.  Raising three kids of their own and fostering extended family members when it was needed, she always had an open dour for family.  She will be missed, especially by those that called her "Honey", "Mama", or "Grandma".

Joyce is survived by her husband, Martin J. Coffman of Elk Falls, Kansas; her children, Lourildia Coffman of Emporia, Kansas, Martin Jr. (Susan) Coffman of Elk Falls, Kansas, Randall (Lynnette) Coffman of Wichita, Kansas; 9 grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren; and her sister, Joy Louise Morfitt.  Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Kenneth Morfitt, Richard Morfitt,and Teddy Morfitt; and her sister, Sharon Pena.

Private family services are scheduled.  The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association and left in care of Dunsford Funeral Home, 201 E. 5th Avenue, Augusta, Kansas which was entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Dunsford Funeral Home website)

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