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Sara Kathryn "Kathy" Davis, age 80, of Wichita, Kansas and formerly of Howard, Kansas, passed away on September 17, 2020 at St. Francis Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.  Kathy was born on December 7, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of James Robert and Lulu (Burns) Shocklee.

Kathy moved around a lot as a child as her father worked in construction.  She attended 17 different schools while growing up and graduated from El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Kansas.  While working at her mother's cafe waiting tables, Kathy met Ted Davis who was attending college in El Dorado.  On May 10, 1958, they were married at the First Methodist Church in El Dorado.  Four children were born to this union.,  Ted and Kathy were married for 56 years until his death on April 6, 2013.

The young couple moved to Moline, Kansas in 1959 where they went into partnership with Ted's parents operating a dairy farm.  Kathy worked at the Moline Mercantile a short time and then for the Elk County District Attorney where she learned tax preparation.  Eventually, she started her own bookkeeping and tax preparation service serving Elk County for a total of 47 years.  After moving to Howard in 1968, Kathy also worked for the post office, helped Ted on the farm, and served as bookkeeper for Ted D. Davis Farm and Equipment and Ted's Auto Sales. 

Kathy was very fun-loving.  She enjoyed any gathering of friends, sewing, crafting, and quilting.  She owned and operated Mom's Quilt Works for a number of years, and she also taught quilting classes through Independence Community College in the surrounding communities.  In 2011, Kathy moved to Wichita to live with her daughter Tamara and family, where she continued quilting, traveling, and collecting fabrics from all the states they visited. 

Kathy is survived by her children, Matthew (Ruth Ann) Davis of Neodesha, Kansas, Tamara (Tim) Bobb of Wichita, Kansas, Mark Davis of Parke, Kansas, and Trisha Davis of Wichita, Kansas; 10 grandchildren'; 3 great-grandddaughters; and a half brother, Gene (Vivian( Jensen of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Kathy was preceded i death by her parents and her husband, Ted.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Howard, Kansas.  Burial will follow at Grace Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials in Kathy's name have been suggested to the Howard Friendship Meals and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Online condolences may 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)

Heath Dean Brown of rural Eureka, Kansas, son of Bobby "Bob" and Janice (Davis) Brown, left this troubled world on September 19, 2020 at Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa Hospital in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 36.  He was born December 24, 1983 at Newman  Hospital in Emporia, Kansas.

Heath attended and graduated from the Eureka, Kansas school system, Class of 2002.  He enjoyed playing all sports as a child, but he especially cherished his memories of being a member of the Eureka Tornado football team.  He was an avid K-State fan and could recount numerous details about the athletes who wore the purple during their KSU careers and their lives after graduation.

Heath also enjoyed following NASCAR racing, especially Clint Boyer's career, and was a fan of the Kansas City Royals.  He worked on the farm with his parents and had managed with pride a herd of cattle for Frank and Rita Bills of Severy, Kansas.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eureka and the Racing Wranglers 4-H Club.  He enjoyed visiting, and once he spent any time talking to you, you became a friend for life.

Heath is survived by his parents; his sister, Abby (Jeremy) Nelson of Towanda, Kansas; his paternal grandmother, Mary Martha Brown of Eureka, Kansas; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy L. Davis of Severy, Kansas; three nephews, Jack Norris, Max John, and Lee Willis Nelson; extra family, Ruth and Gary Yeubanks and family of Duncan, Oklahoma; and a host of extended family and friends, especially Jameson Daniel Stewart, his little buddy.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Willis E. Brown, and his maternal grandfather, John E. Davis.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas with Mr. Judd Everitt officiating.  Masks should be worn and social distancing observed.  Please feel free to bring a lawn chair. Visitation hours will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Koup Family Funeral Home in Eureka, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Heath D. Brown Memorial Fund.  Contributions may be sent inc care of the funeral home.  Condolences may be left for the family online at  Koup Family Funeral Home, 121 N. Oak Street, Eureka, Kansas 67045, is overseeing arrangements.

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)

Norma Jean Salisbury, age 91, of Howard, Kansas, passed away September 12, 2020 at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas.  She was born on August 9, 1929 in rural Elk County to Otis and Hazel (Greenwood) Preston.

Norma grew up alongside eight siblings and attended Howard public schools, graduating from Howard High School in 1947.  On March 24, 1949, she married Wayne Salisbury in Howard, and they were married 62 years until his passing in February 2010.
Norma was a farm wife, but she also worked at the Elk County Courthouse and later at First National Bank in Howard.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Howard for many years.

Norma is survived by her brothers, Frederick (Dorothy) Preston of Howard, Kansas and Dennis Preston (Sharon Cowden) of Wichita, Kansas; her sisters, Dorothy Walta of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Ruth Preston of Newton, Kansas, and Sue (Marty) Wacker of Lansing, Kasns; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Otis and Hazel Preston; her brothers, Orvan Preston and Dean Preston; and her sister, Joyce Lord.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made in Norma's name to the First Baptist Church of Howard 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)

Max Ormand Hileman, age 80, of Wichita, Kansas and formerly of Howard, Kansas, passed away on September 14, 2020 at his home.  He was born on October 12, 1939 in Fiat, Elk County, Kansas to Ivory "Boots' and Ida Marie (Coon) Hileman.

Max grew up in Elk County alongside two siblings, Jack and Bette.  He graduated from Howard High School in 1957.  On June 5, 1960, he was united in marriage to Denola Croney in Howard.  They were married for 30 years until her passing in 1990.  Max later married Edith Horton on February 11, 1991.  She survives of the home.

Max had several hobbies.  He liked to hunt and fish, ride motorcycles, and watch old western movies.  He also enjoyed watching Bat Masterson on METV.  He also attended auctioneering school in his younger years.  Max worked at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, retiring after 34 years.  He spent most of his life in Elk County.  As his health declined, he moved to Wichita to be closer to his doctors.

Max is survived by his wife, Edith; his children, Cindy (Jeff) Tarr of Emporia, Kansas and Curtis (Julia) Hileman of Fort Myers, Florida; his stepchildren, Rhonda (Ray) Scales of McCune, Kansas, Ruth Scales of Parsons, Kansas, and Rodney Horton of Wichita, Kansas; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Boots and Marie Hileman; his first wife, Denola; his siblings, Jack Hileman and Bette Goff; 2 great-grandsons, Tyler and Jeffrey Jordan; and 2 stepsons, Randy Schaible and Roger Horton.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made in Max's name to the American Heart Association 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)

Sharon Marlene "Pork" Dory, age 73, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away September 11, 2020 at her home.  She was born August 4, 1947 in Portland, Oregon to Alvin and Margaret (Hodges) Youngs.  She grew up and attended school in Gresham, Oregon alongside 13 siblings.

On July 1, 1963, Shirley married Richard Dory, Sr. in Oregon City, Oregon.  In 1967, they made their move to Kansas when Richard's parents moved there.  Together they raised three children and were married 49 years until his passing in October 2012. 

Sharon worked different jobs throughout her life, but her career was being a housewife, mom and grandma.  She loved her kids and truly enjoyed being a grandma.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Sharon is survived by her children, Richard (Tina) Dory, Jr. of Winfield, Kansas, Kathlene (Monty) Hart of Longton, Kansas, and Charlene (Phillip) Bosley of Independence, Kansas; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Alice (James) Joseph of Sandy, Oregon, Sarah (Jerry) Jones of Boring, Oregon, Geroldine (Eric) Crum of Madras, Oregon, and Loretta Stufflebean of Gresham, Oregon.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, George, Ernie, John, and Martin; and her sisters, Ruby, Mary, Cora, Shirley, and Betty.

Graveside services for Sharon will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola, Kansas.  Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society and may be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(take from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Willie Eldene Lauffer, sometimes known as Willie, age 78, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away on September 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born December 10, 1941 in Howard, Kansas, the son of Carl William and Elda Marie (May) Lauffer.

Eldene was raised in and received his education in Howard, graduating from Howard High School in 1959.  Immediately after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy.  He proudly served during the Vietnam era and was aboard the USS Ashland, USS Buchanan, USS John S. McCain, USS Lynde McCormick, USS Little Rock, USS America, and the USS Paul Revere.  After 19 years of active duty, he transferred to the Fleet Reserve in 1978 and moved his family to Kansas in 1979.  He retired from the Navy on February 1, 1989.

Eldene attended Cowley County Community College in 1982 and graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in 1985.  He worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas in the Spars and Skins department for over 20 years, retiring in August 2001.  He was an avid gun fanatic and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting.

Survivors include his son, Clayton (LeAnne) Lauffer of Winfield, Kansas; his daughters, Tina (Craig) Umholtz of Burden, Kansas and Candy Lauffer of Winfield, Kansas; his brothers, Terry Lauffer of Arizona, Alan Lauffer of Wichita, Kansas, and Dwight Lauffer of California; his grandsons, Shane and Tyler Davis and Colton and Leland "L.J." Lauffer; and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services with Navy Committal Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas.  Services are under the direction of Miles Funeral Service, 4001 E. 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas 67156 .  A memorial has been established for the Wounded Warrior Fund, and contributions may be made through the funeral home.

(taken from the Miles Funeral Service website)

Brandon Dwight Vernon Mattocks, age 40, of Arkansas City, Kansas and formerly of Cedar Vale, Kansas, passed away on September 3, 2020 in Cedar Vale.  He was born December 16, 1979 in Sedan, Kansas to Oscar and Linda (Hull) Mattocks.

Brandon was raised in and educated in Cedar Vale, Kansas, graduating from high school there in 1998.  He married Cherie Dowler on September 21, 2002 in Conway Springs, Kansas.  The couple made their home in Rose Hill, Kansas before moving to Arkansas City.  Brandon worked as a journeyman for Westar/Evergy.  He enjoyed reading, playing video games with his sons, and drinking a cold beer.

Survivors include his wife, Cherie of the home; his sons, Collin (Taylan) Ford of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Miles Juul of Shidler, Oklahoma, and Braiden and Brigam Mattocks of the home; his parents, Oscar Mattocks of Cedar Vale, Kansas and Linda Tyler of Sedan, Kansas; his sister, Bronika Mattocks of Cedar Vale, Kansas; his brother, Brian Whitaker of Grant City, Missouri; and a granddaughter, Breckynn Ford.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his cousins, Robyn Allison and Nicki Puckett.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel in Arkansas City, Kansas.  Burial will follow at the Round Mound Cemetery north of Cedar Vale.   A memorial has been established with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Contributions may be made through the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family at  Arrangements are being made through the Rindt -Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory, 100 E. Kansas Avenue, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005.

(taken from the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / STEPHENS, Harry L. - b. July 14, 1942 - d. August 29, 2020
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:31:38 AM »
Harry L. Stephens, age 78, of Emporia, Kansas, passed away on August 29, 2020 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.  He was born on July 14, 1942 in Winfield, Kansas to John James and Nina E. (Powers) Stephens.

Harry grew up on a farm near Moline, Kansas and graduated from Moline High School in 1960. He attended Kansas State Teachers College, subsequently earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees.  He and his future wife, Sharon, met there in a genetics class.  He was a leader in his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, and was named to Blue Key.  In 1963, he spent six months in Iran as an IFYE exchange student, living in rural villages throughout the country, sharing in his hosts' work and culture, and connecting using rudimentary Farsi language.  Harry married Sharon Sue Helmer on May 29, 1966 in Augusta, Kansas.

Upon graduating from KSTC, Harry began his career in student services at the college which later became Emporia State University.  He served for 38 years, interrupted only by his studies at the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his Ph. D.  in 1975.  Harry held many different administrative positions, served on numerous campus committees and councils, and participated in professional organizations.  Most importantly, his focus was always working with the students.  From 1976 to 1980, he was the Kansas delegate to the Higher Education Commission of the States.

In 1987, Harry was named Vice-President for Student Affairs at ESU.  Through his career, he was a passionate advocate for racial and gender diversity, equality, and inclusion.  He was beloved by his colleagues and students, especially the men of Sigma Tau Gamma for whom he served as an alumni advisor for decades, known to those men simply as "Doc".  Harry retired from ESU in 2004 but continued to serve the university as a Foundation Trustee.  After retiring, he retired to farming and ranching with his brother, Don.

In 2015, Harry received the Service Citation from ESU and the President's Medallion for the Common Good for his contributions to ESU and the community.  These two honors reflect the principles that guided his life.

Harry was dedicated to community service.  He participated in 4-H in his youth and supported his children in their 4-H activities.  He served as a leader in many community organizations including the Emporia Human Relations Commission and the Humane Society of the Flint Hills.  As treasurer of the Board of Directors, he was  instrumental in the renovation of the historic Granada Theater in downtown Emporia.,  Most recently, he worked actively with the Kansas Children's Service League, Hetlinger Developmental Services, and the Friends of the Flint Hills Community Health Center.  He was a lifelong Democrat, particularly active in local and state politics, and was honored to represent Emporia as a Kansas State Senator from 1999 to 2000.  He was a member of  Messiah Lutheran Church.

Harry was a dedicated family man.  He was a wonderful husband who encouraged Sharon in her goals as a teacher.  She credits him for making their wonderful life together possible.  He taught his children the importance of hard work and education and supported all of the extracurricular activities.  He was the primary driver for family vacations which took them to almost every part of the United States.  In retirement, he and Sharon enjoyed travel to Europe with friends, delighting equally in beautiful scenery and minor fiascos.  He also enjoyed visiting his young grandsons, sharing with them his loved of homemade ice cream. 

Harry was a man of quiet, deep faith who expressed that faith through his love and dedication to helping others.  His faith is best encapsulated in the words from his favorite sermon from John Donne:  No man is an island entire of itself.  Every man is a piece of the continent; a part of the main.

Harry is survived by his wife, Sharon Stephens of Emporia, Kansas; his son, James (Elizabeth) Stephens of Prairie Village, Kansas; his daughter, Rachel (James Stutsman) Stephens of Kansas City, Missouri; his grandchildren, Matthew Stephens and Kyle Stutsman; and his brothers, twin Larry Stephens of Winfield, Kansas and Don Stephens of Severy, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger Stephens. 

A private graveside service will be held at Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made to one of the following and may be sent in care of the funeral home:  Harry L. and Sharon Sue Stephens Educational Fund/ESU Foundation, the Kansas Children's Service League, or Hetlinger Developmental Services.  Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia Kansas 66801 is handling arrangements.

(taken from the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home website)

Thomas Gene "Tom" Tuck, age 80, of Longton, Kansas, passed away September 2, 2020 at Labette Health in Independence, Kansas.  He was born November 10, 1939 at the home place in rural Longton to William and Iva (Farnsworth) Tuck.  Tom was raised alongside one brother and two sisters.  He attended a country school in Elk County, Kansas through 8th grade.

On February 27, 1957, Tom married Nancy Josephine Corle.  They raised four children together and were marred 57 years until her passing in January 2015.  They lived in Elk County all their lives including the towns of Elk Falls, Moline, and Longton.  Tom was a heavy equipment mechanic and operator and worked in the Martin-Marietta rock quarry for over 35 years.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing when he could, but he spent most of his spare time looking after his cattle.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Tammy (Jerry) Denney of Cimarron, Kansas; his sons, Thomas (Melody) Tuck of Elk City, Kansas, Terry (Sandy) Tuck of Elk Falls, Kansas, and Kevin Tuck and Janet Cox of Fredonia, Kansas; his sister, Betty Corle of Coffeyville, Kansas; his grandchildren, Serena and Ben Kill of Longton, Kansas, Tony Tuck of Kansas City, Kansas, and Thaddeus Tuck of Bentonville, Arkansas; and a great-grandchild, Braden.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William and iva Tuck; his wife, Nancy; his sister, Iva Walker; and his brother, William Jackson Tuck.

Memorial service for Tom will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Elk Falls Cemetery in Elk Falls, Kansas.  Memorial contributions in Tom's name can be made to Calvary Chapel of Elk Falls 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)

John L. Baumgartel, age 72, of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, passed away on August 26, 2020 at his home.  He was born on March 14, 1948 in Howard, Kansas, the son of Dale and Bertha (Knight) Baumgartel.

John attended Howard Public Schools in Howard, Kansas and graduated from Howard High School in 1966.  He married the love of his life, Donna Lynn Croney, in Mexico on September 13, 1966.  They had celebrated over 50 years of marriage until her passing.

John worked as a Road Master for most of his life for the railroad.  He had lived in the Mayes County, Oklahoma area for the last 11 years, coming from Spencer, Oklahoma.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially when he was going fishing, horseback riding, hunting, going to garage sales, and attending auctions.  He also enjoyed watching television and playing cards.  John leaves behind many memories for his family and friends to cherish.

John is survived by his son, Steven (Robin) Baumgartel of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; his daughter, Sherry Louk of Perry, Iowa; his brothers, Roger Baumgartel of Emporia, Kansas and Marlin Baumgartel of Howard, Kansas; his sister, Elaine McElwain of Burden, Kansas; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Bertha Baumgartel, and by his loving wife, Donna.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in the Adair Christian Church in Adair, Oklahoma with Reverend Jeff Roger officiating.  To leave his family a message, please visit  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service of Pryor, Oklahoma.

(taken from the Shipman's Funeral website)

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