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Obituaries / FRIEND, Harold Vern - b. Febru...
Last post by patyrn - October 01, 2022, 06:00:04 PM
Harold Vern Friend, age 83, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away September 29, 2022 at Winfield Senior Living.  He was born February 12, 1939 on the farmily farm north of Howard, Kansas to Jesse "Vern" and Florence (Armstrong) Friend.

Harold grew up alongside four siblings.  He attended Rule Vale School in Fiat, Kansas and then Fairview School in Elk County, Kansas, graduating from Howard High School in the Class of 1957.

In 1956, Harold joined the Army Reserves and served his country in the Reserves for 8 years, attending the Field Artillery Lineman school at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.  He worked several places as a young man including the Russell Simmons Service Station north of Severy, Kansas and then Sunset Manufacturing in Wichita, Kanssas before going to work as a machinist in several machine shops in Wichita and Derby, Kansas.  He then went to work for Beech Aircraft in 1977 and continued a career with them until retiring in 2001 from the Engineering Department where he built test equipment for aircraft.

Harold enjoyed fishing and builidng pulling tractors.  He spent many weekends on Winfield Lake taking family and friends fishing on his cabin cruiser boat which was the biggest boat on the lake.  When he wasn't on the lake, he was building pulling tractors with his brother-in-law and nephew.  They loved building these tractors and would travel to pulls in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas as part of the Garden Tractor Pulling Asssociation.  The first tractor he and his nephew, Chance, built was named "Get a Grip".  He then went to build his own tractors, "Gopher" and "Bucket of Bolts". 

Harold is survived by his sister, Louise Havens of Winfied, Kansas, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Melvin and Arthur Friend; and his sister, Phyllis (Friend) Barber.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Hwoard, Kansas.   Memorial contriutions are suggested to the Grace Lawn Cemetery 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)
Obituaries / RUDDLE, Elden Fred - b. June 1...
Last post by patyrn - September 30, 2022, 08:16:08 PM
Elden Fred Ruddle, age 68, of Moline, Kansas, passed away September 28, 2022 at Sedan City Hospital in Sedan, Kansas.  He was born on June 18, 1954 in Sedan, Kansas to Fred and Melva (Whaley) Ruddle.

Elden grew up alongside his sister, Corliss, on the family farm where he enjoyed helping the family with all the farm life chores.  As an adult, Elden made many friends.  He lived at the Rankin House in Moline, Kansas and enjoyed sitting on the front porch just watching people drive and walk by.  He loved people and never met anyone he wouldn't talk to.

Elden is survived by his sister, Corliss Spiller and his nephew, John David (Kristine) Spiller, all of Stillwater, Oklahoma.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Ruddle and Melva Ruddle-McNown,  and his brother-in-law, Larry Spiller.

Graveside service for Elden will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022 at the Moline City Cemetery in Moline, Kansas.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Moline Day-Hab 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)
Obituaries / ROGGOW, Ralph Robert - b. Dece...
Last post by patyrn - September 19, 2022, 03:08:43 PM
Ralph Robert Roggow, age 80, of Howard, Kansas, passed away September 17, 2022 at his home.  He was born December 7, 1941 at Lucas, South Dakota at the home of his parents, Robert "Bob" and Ferne (Rogers) Roggow.  Ralph was the middle of three chidlren born to the family.

Ralph graduated from Burke High School in Burke, South Dakota in 1959.  After graduation, during the summer he worked for a Belle Fouche rancher bucking hay bales.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1959 and worked in electronics.  He accepted a commissioning program that enabled him to attend college at the Universityh of Oklahoma.  Graduating in 1969 from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, he then proceeeded to flight training and flew S-2 submarine hunter aircraft.

Ralph married JoAnn (Freeman) Handte on May 1, 1970.  From a previous marriage, he had a son, Robert and JoAnn also had a son from a previous marriage, Louis.  From their marriage, they had two daughters, Jennifer and Lori.  Ralph and JoAnn lived in various lcoations during his service, and upon his retirement from the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant Commander, they settled on a dairy farm in Burke, South Dakota.  After farming for 8 years, he then began an Ag Spraying Service.

Ralph relocated to Howard, Kansas after retiring from farming and Ag Spraying when his wife accepted a job with the local medical clinic.  He was a very active member of the American Legion Carter Rader Post #0149 in Howard, and his last office was that of Post Chaplain.  He was extremely proud of his youngest grandson, Jared, who graduated from the United States Navy boot camp and is continuing the tradition of miliary service. 

Ralph is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Roggow and husband, Brad of Sedan, Kansas and Lori Wittmeier and husband, Chad of Salem, South Dakota; his stepson, Louis Handte of Oklahoma' 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Violet Scheele and husband, Harry of Eugene, Oregon, and his brother, Raymond Roggow and wife, Linda of Elk Point, South Dakota.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Ferne Roggow; his wife, JoAnn Roggow; and his son, Robert Roggow. 

One of Ralph's fondest memories of traveling was when he attended an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. hosted by the Parsons High School Honor Flight of Parsons, Kansas with fellow veterans and coordinators, Mike Kastle and Eric Swanson.  The family wishes that all memorial contrinuions be sent to this wonderful program. Our dad had a memorable experience , and we hope that other veterans can enjoy the same.

Falph's family will receive friends at visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022,  also at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions made to the Parsons High School Honor Flight 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)
Obituaries / COURTER, Mary Eleanor (Troll) ...
Last post by patyrn - September 15, 2022, 09:02:38 AM
Mary Eleanor Hawthorne-Courter passed away in her home in Eureka, Kansas on September 11, 2022 at the age of 93.  She was born June 4, 1929 in Eureka to Christian and Mary Charline (VanSickel) Troll.  Eleanor was the oldest sibling to sister Wilhelmina "Billie" Suddock and three brothers, Charley, Howard, and Max Troll. She spent most of her life in Greenwood County, Kansas. 

Eleanor graduated from Eureka High School in 1947 where she was the Homecoming Queen.  She married Vernon Hawthorne that same year. Soon after, her first child, Carmen was born followed by Carol, David, Shelley, Chris, and Melissa.  As a mother, Eleanor suffered loss in her life including the death of infant twins, Michel and Mitchell, followed later by the devastating loss of her 8-year-old daughter, Missy, and the tragic death of her son, Chris.  However, she always remained strong in her faith while knowing she would someday be reunited with her children who had left this world way too early.

Eleanor and Vernon later divorced.  Several years later, Eleanor married her "Sweet William" Bill Courter in 1973.  Together they enjoyed a long and happy life on their farm at Severy, Kansas.  They raised chickens, sold eggs, and grew large strawberry patches where their grandchildren would enjoy hours of picking strawberries and then enjoying her strawberries and yellow cake for breakfast.  On the holiday, "Ma" as she was known by her grandchildren, hosted many years of Christmas Eve parties wearing her specially made appliqued holiday sweatshirts at her house where all the chidlren and grandchildren gathered together.  She also made her grandchildren many homemade dolls that remain a treasure today.

After many years of farm living, Bill and Eleanor moved to Eureka.  During this time, she was dedicated to her church where she was active in Sacred Heart's Altar Society where she participated in hand stitching many beautiful quilts.  Eleanor spent many years creating beautiful quilts for each of her children and grandchildren.  After the death of her beloved Bill, Eleanor was fortunate enought to spend the rest of her life in her own home.  She relished sitting on the front porch enjoying her beautiful flowers.  Toward the end of her life, she marveled at the simple pleasures of life all while emphasizing that she just had the nicest life.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Carmer (Tim) Ashlock of Bonner Springs, Kasnsas, Carol Westbrook of Eureka, Kansas, and Shelley (Gary) Houser of Wamego, Kansas; her son, David (Peggy) Hawthorne of Eureka, Kansa; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and one brother, Max Troll of Liberal, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her paremts; her husband, Bill; her sister, Billie; her brothers, Charley and Howard Troll; and three sons and a daughter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 514 N. Elm Street,  Eureka, Kansas with Father Nicholaus Jurgensmeyer officiating.  Cremation has been effected.  Inurnment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka. Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Sacred Heart Altar Society and may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P. O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045 which is oversseeing arrangements.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / WHEATON, Ray Edward - b. Sept...
Last post by patyrn - September 12, 2022, 07:53:05 AM
Ray Edward "Baby Cake" Wheaton, age 58, of Howard, Kansas, passed away on September 8, 2022 at his home.  He was born September 8, 1964 in Sedan, Kansas to Eddie and Marion (Long) Wheaton.

Ray graduated from Sedan High School in the Class of 1983.  He was employed at Arbuckle Trash Service and was a former employee of Bellar Family Farms for 20+ years. 

On April 30, 2022, Ray married Diana Worden in Howard, Kansas.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially the grandkids.  It didn't matter if they were shooting guns, going to a demolition derby or what the occasion was, he just wanted to be with them.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting for deer sheds, and going to auctions.  He was a collector of all types of things, and he would always find something to buy at an auction which he attended pretty much every week.

Ray is survived by his wife, Diana; his son, Robert (Kaittlin) Ford; his daughters, Elisha Crupper and Shelly (Darren) Underwood; his grandchildren, Logan, C. J. , and Olivia Patten, Allee (Jonathan) Clark; Darren II and Kaden Underwood, and Kennedy and Hayley Ford; his great-grandchildren, Ryker and Kyler Clark; his father, Eddie Ray Wheaton; his brother, Preston "Pete" Wheaton, his sisters, Edie (Bradley ) Zimmerman and Vanita (Jeff) Steenberger; nieces and nephews, Jocelyn, Jayton, Stephanie, Brooklynne, and Jimmy; and his best fur buddy, Tinker.  He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents; and his nephew, J.D. 

A memorial service will be held at the Elk County Fairgounrds in Howard on October 8, 2022 at 1:00 p.m..  Friends and family are welcome to attend.  Memorial contriubutions can be made in Ray's honor to Smile Train where your contribution will assist in saving a child's life with the gift of cleft treatment.  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)
Obituaries / BLAKE, Shirley Joan (Wells) - ...
Last post by patyrn - September 09, 2022, 08:55:06 PM
Shirley Joan Blake, twelfth of twelve born to Mary Ann (Richards) and John J. Wells at their family farm outside of Howard, Kansas, arrived September 25, 1934.  She passed away on September 2, 2022 at her home in Laramie, Wyoming, surrounded by her children into the outstretched arms of her late, loving husband.

Shirley grew up in rural Elk County, Kansaas attending Fairview School a one-room schoolhouse which she and her husband later purchased as a vacation getaway.  She graduated from Howard High School in 1951.  She met the love of her life, Earl Forrest Blake at a dance, and they were married August 28, 1953 in Howard.  They eventually settled in Dodge City, Kansas where they had a huge garden and constant stream of visitors. 

Once her children were grown and self-sufficient, Shirley spent years traveling Kansas and the United States with her husband in his work as an installer with Western Electric.  She loved people and was happiest in the service of others.  She could be found happily gardening, playing cards, laughing, loving, teasing, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, and crocheting, always having one or more projects underway.  She loved gifting her plant cuttings, baked goods, and handiwork, and she eagerly passed on her vast knowledge serving as a Ford County 4-H Fair judge while also winning many blue and purple ribbons herself and teaching knitting and crocheting.

Shirley is survived by her children, Kathy Sue Evans; Cindy Jo Ann (Max) Hammer, and Randall Forrest "Randy" (Linda) Blake; her brother, Virgil Glen Wells; her granddaughter, Leslie Hammer; her grandsons, Aaron (Jill) Evans, Timothy (Tina) Evans, Benjamin Evans, Joshua (Rozlyn) Williamson, Alexander (Kristel) Blake, and Dominic Blake; and legions of nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Wells; ten siblings, Eula Marie Malone, Hazel Olive Hillis, Mary Lucile Vick, Dorothy Elizabeth Crumrine-Coleman, John Cleland Wells, Wilbert Stanley Wells, Wanda Annette Joy, Neva Jean Linden, Helen Louise Hastings, and Robert Louis Wells; her son-in-law, Chuck Evans; and her grandson, Nicholas Terry Blake.

A Celebration of Life service, officiated by Pastor Steve Salmons, was held at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Wyoming with a reception following at Cornerstone Baptist Church.  Inurnment and a Life Celebration will also be held at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, Kansas on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Cox Building in downtown Howard.  The family has suggested donations in her memory be made to Hospice of Laramie or to your local Hospice.

(taken from the Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / BORING, Mary Margaret (Beechne...
Last post by patyrn - September 09, 2022, 05:55:34 PM
Mary Margaret Boring, age 91, formerly of Moline, Kansas, passed away September 7, 2022 at Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She was born Septmeber 24, 1930 in Moline, Kansas to Henry and Margaret (McClintock) Beechner.

Mary grew up alongside two siblings, Henry, Jr. and Elizabeth.  She attended school in Moline before moving to Perry, Oklahoma where she finshed her education.

On December 24, 1946, Mary married James Strode in Perry, Oklahoma.  Together they had a daughter, Susan.  Mary lived many places including Kansas City, Moline, and Wichita, Kansas and worked several places including the Postal Service as a mail carrier.  On December 8, 1956, she married Arce Mayford Boring.  They enjoyed 33 years together until his passing in October 1989.  In 1991, Mary then moved to St. Joseph, Missouri to be near her daughter.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Mary is survived by her two granddaughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, and nephews and nieces, Johnnie (Susan Brown) Murphy of Arizona and Rick Beechner of Florida.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbahd, Arce Boring; her daughter, Susan (Strode) King; her brother, Henry "Bud" Beechner; and her sister, Elizabeth Sinsel. 

Graveside services for Mary were held on September 13, 2022 at the Moline City
Cemetery in Moline, Kansas.  Memorial contribuitsion are suggested to the St. Jude's Hospital and can be mailed to or left with the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 was entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Obituaries / BURDETT, Vicki Lou (Miller) - ...
Last post by patyrn - August 28, 2022, 12:29:24 PM
Vicki Lou Burdett, age 72, a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away on August 25, 2022.  She was born  on August 22, 1950 to Charles W. "Cob" and Terese Marie "Terry"  (Boyer) Miller.

Vicki grew up in Howard, Kansas and graduated from Howard High School in 1968.  She and Stan Burdett were married in August 1968.

Survivors include her husband, Stan and two daughters, Nicole Arnett and Melissa Parks and their families.

Arrangements will be shared when available.
Obituaries / ADAIR, Kelly Jan (Bishop) - b...
Last post by patyrn - August 25, 2022, 09:56:14 PM
Celebration of Life for Kelly Jan (Bishop) Adair will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022.  Remembrance at the gravesite at Elk Falls Cemetery in Elk Falls, Kansas at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch and fellowship will follow at 12:00 noon at the Elk Falls, Kansas Senior Building.

All family and friends are invited to come share in the celebration of Kelly's life. Questions and RSVPs may be sent to

Obituaries / JORDAN, Newell B. "Newt" Sr. -...
Last post by patyrn - August 22, 2022, 05:52:12 PM
Newell "Newt" Jordan Sr.,  85, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 19, 2022.  He was the son of Paul and Violet Fowler. 

Newell was a one-of-a-kind semi mechanic.  He enjoyed time with his wife and sports with his children.  He was a great husband, father, grandfather of 27, great-grandfather of 26 and one great-great-granddaughter.

Newell leaves behind his children, Paul (Liz) Jordan of Moline, Kansas, Brenda (Rick) Kistler of Towanda, Kansas, Newell Jr. (JoAnn) Jordan of Burden, Kansas, Sandra Peyton of Moline, Kansas, Carolyn (Michael) Ades of El Dorado, Kansas, and Letti Warren of El Dorado, Kansas; his brothers, Tom Jordan of West Virigina and Tony, Patrick, and E.R. Fowler of Elk City, Kansas; and his sister, Paula of Independence, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda; his son, Mike; an infant daughter; his parents, Paul and Violet Fowler, and two infant great-grandchildren.

Per his wishes, cremation has been requested.  The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moline Community Center in Moline, Kasnas.  Online condolences can be left at  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 has been entrusted with arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
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