WILLIAM E. "BILL" BLYTHE
William “Bill” E. Blythe, 80, Chanute, died on April 28, 2012, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kansas.
Bill was born on August 13, 1931, at Council Grove, Kansas, to Cephus Carey and Lottie May Weston Blythe.
Bill was married to Mildred Hoover on July 15, 1951. She died in 1988.
He graduated from Dwight High School and joined the Air Force on June 3, 1949. He was discharged on December 2, 1952 and attended Pittsburg State University. He taught mechanics for several years. Besides Kansas, he had lived and worked in California. He worked for the ABZ Manufacturing in Madison as a machinist.
Fifteen years ago he became a companion of Mary Schlotterbeck and they shared a home in Chanute.
Bill died early Saturday morning, April 28, 2012, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, at Chanute.
He was preceded by his parents.
He is survived by his companion, Mary of the home, a son Calvin Blythe, Hutchinson, a daughter Anita Blythe, Eureka, 3 grandchildren Matthew, Corey, and Levi Blythe, his brothers, Andrew Blythe and his wife Ann, Council Grove, Robert Blythe and his wife Joan, Grove, Oklahoma, Don Blythe and his wife Luann, Winchester, Kentucky, and Cecil Blythe and his wife Laynetta, Thorton, Colorado, his sisters, Elaine Blanton, Alma, Sara Kerstetter and her husband Ray, Newton, and Audra Wehling of Longmont, Colorado, Mary’s son, Harley Schlotterbeck and his wife Sheila, Chanute, his children Shawn Schlotterbeck and Sherri Brothers and her husband Jason, and his grandchildren Colton and Elizabeth Brothers, several nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Barton City Cemetery, northwest of Liberal, Missouri. Contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.
DONNEL DUANE "DON" ADAMS, SR.
Donnel “Don” Adams Sr. passed away April 25, 2012 in Yates Center, Kansas. He was 89.
Don was born on June 23, 1922 in Concreto, a small town in Allen County, Kansas, the son of Joseph Andrew and Estella M. (Patterson) Adams.
He moved to Yates Center with his parents in 1932. He attended Vernon School, north of Yates Center and after he began working on his parent’s farm. Don also spent some of his adulthood traveling with his brother Johnny on the Race Track Circuit where his brother was a known Jockey.
After traveling for some time Don returned to Yates Center where he met and married Wanda Zilliox on June 6, 1942 in Iola, Kansas at the home of Judge Dunlap. Don then entered the Army Air Force where he served in WWII and worked as a Military Policeman and escorted many different known Generals in history. During and after Don’s enlistment he and Wanda had 5 children: Janice, Diana, Catherine (Cathy), DeLana and Donnel (Don) Jr.
Don was very active in the community and served as Chairman on a number of boards such as the Woodson County Cooperative Association, Woodson County Farm Bureau, and The Woodson County Extension Council. He was also Originator and Chairperson for the Woodson County Artificial Breeders Association as well as a Past-Commander of American Legion Post #13, a member of the Yates Center Branch Bank Advisory Board, the American Livestock Association and a 4-H Leader for many years.
His wife, Wanda, preceded him in death on April 26, 2009. He was also preceded by his parents; six brothers; five sisters; and a Great-Granddaughter, Casandra Chadwick.
He is survived by his children, Janice Vanatta and husband George of Odessa, Missouri, Diana Dixon of Yates Center, Catherine (Cathy) Nolan and husband Perry of Hutchinson, Kansas, DeLana Jeffery and husband Kurt of Yates Center, and Donnel (Don) Adams Jr. and wife Karen of Yates Center; twenty-two grandchildren; fifty-nine great-grandchildren; twelve great-great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Monday, April 30, 2012, at 10:30A.M., at the United Methodist Church in Yates Center with burial with military honors following at Yates Center Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 6:30-8:00PM at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center.
Memorials are suggested to The American Legion Post #13 or “Friends For Life,” and may be send in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
ARDITH COLEEN ROBBINS
Coleen Robbins, 78, passed away Monday night, April 16, 2012, at Heritage Health Care in Chanute.
Services will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at "The Cowboy Church" north of Toronto. Burial will follow in Yates Center Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.
CAROL JOY COPPLE
Joy Copple, 85, of Yates Center passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at her home.
Cremation is planned. No services are scheduled.
EARL BENTON LOUDERBAUGH
Earl Benton Louderbaugh passed away March 28, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, he was 86.
Earl was born September 10, 1925 in Pittsburg, Kansas the son of John Benton Louderbaugh and Elizabeth (Strickland). Earl’s family lived in several places while he was growing up. He started high school in California but moved back to Kansas and graduated from Altamont High School.
After high school Earl enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in India. He later returned to Kansas and met Virginia Light and they were married on September 13, 1947 in Yates Center, Kansas, they were happily married for 64 years. After they were married Earl and Virginia lived in Wichita, Kansas where Earl worked at an oil refinery and the couple had their first son, Ron.
Around 1951 Earl and Virginia moved to Yates Center and settled on a farm northwest of town. They were blessed with two more sons, Randy and Karl. Earl enjoyed farming and hauling hay and was able to farm for the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Turkey Creek United Methodist Church in Yates Center, Kansas.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers; George, Thomas and John Louderbaugh.
He is survived by his wife Virginia of the home, and his sons: Ron; Randy and wife Brenda; and Karl and wife Laurel, all of Yates Center, Kansas; 5 grandchildren: Laura Schinstock, Staci Adams, Lindsey Audiss, Andrea Louderbaugh and Zachary Louderbaugh; 6 great grandchildren and also numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends
Robert Emil Stockebrand passed away at Allen County Hospital in Iola, Kansas, on March 26, 2012. He was 88.
Robert was born June 27, 1923, the son of Robert Stockebrand Sr. and Vivian (Sticher) Stockebrand.
He grew up in the Yates Center area, working various jobs such as farming and on drilling rigs. He also worked at the Toronto State Park, working with inmates on various projects around Cross Timbers Park.
Robert amd Zelma Marie Steinforth were married on August 11, 1948.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his son, Ron Stockebrand and wife Patty of Yates Center; a daughter, Linda Wight and husband Neal of Burlington, Kansas; a sister, Vera Dakin and husband John of Drexel, Missouri; two brothers, Keith Stockebrand and wife Jodie of Oregon and Neil Stockebrand and wife Vie, also of Oregon; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces amd nephews; other relatives and friends.
Robert was cremated. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Friend’s of Cross Timbers State Park and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
Marjorie (Laude) Peck of Yates Center, Kansas went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 23, 2012, she was 93.
She was born December 27, 1918, in rural Rose, Kansas, the daughter of Herbert and Leola (Ladd) Laude.
As a child Marjorie went to Maple Grove Church and attended elementary school at South Maple Grove. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1937 and then attended Emporia State Teacher’s College, earning a Teaching Certificate. She taught school at Otter Springs, North Maple Grove and Rose School, all which are located in Woodson County, Kansas.
Marjorie met Clayton Peck and they were married on December 25, 1941 in the Salem United Brethren Church Parsonage in Iola, Kansas. They were happily married for 66 years.
Marjorie spent most her life in Woodson County and worked along with her husband Clayton on their farm. She and Clayton also worked several Winters with the Roving Volunteers In Christ’s Service Group. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Yates Center Kansas, Star Valley E.H.U., The Kalida Club, Woodson County Area Retired Teachers Association, as well as a lifetime member of the Woodson County Historical Society.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clayton on April 22, 2008; and three sisters, Velora Barnes, Lucille Becannon and Elaine Hardin.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Peck and special friend Naomi Goodlett of Smithville, Texas; her two daughters, Helen Stoll and husband Paul of Yates Center, Kansas, and Marilyn Carroll and husband Dennis of Stillwater, Oklahoma; two sisters, Ruth Bennett and Rose Marie Chambers both of Tomball, Texas; eight grandchildren, Lori Smith, Brad Peck, Amy Jensen, Quentin, J.D., and Brett Stoll, Vicki Hubbard and Sheila Carroll; also by seventeen great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Marjorie was known by all as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, friend, gardener, and homemaker. She always provided warmth and a loving home for her family and friends and she will be greatly missed.
Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Yates Center, Kansas, with burial following at Yates Center Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Yates Center, Kansas and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
Martin Stein, Yates Center, Kansas, passed away March 19, 2012 at Neosho Regional Memorial Center in Chanute, Kansas, he was 99.
Martin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Jacob Stein and Rebecca Eisenberg. Martin grew up and went to Junior College in Kansas City and eventually graduated from Kansas City Missouri Jr. College in 1939 with an Associate’s Degree. After Martin completed his education he met Shirley Elliot and they were married December 1, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri. Shortly after their marriage Martin and Shirley moved to California but eventually returned to Kansas where they settled Yates Center.
In Yates Center, Martin worked at the Yates Center Library for many years until his retirement. Martin always enjoyed reading and learning and he often talked about having the honor to be on the front-end of many new and different inventions and technologies like the radio and television.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents and wife Shirley and a sister, Leona Smith, he is survived by his brother, Fred Stein and wife Vicki of Cleveland, Missouri; nephews Matthew Stein of Columbia, Missouri, Eric Stein of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jason Stein of Boca Raton, Florida, a niece Janet Fullington of Plano, Texas, along with many other relatives and friends.
Services are not planned, burial will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Yates Center Library and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.
GERALDINE L. "GERI" DALY
Geraldine Lee “Geri” Daly, 65, Yates Center, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her home in Yates Center.
She was born May 3rd, 1946, in Iola, Kansas, the daughter of James Henry Boyd Jr. and Kathryn Mae (Mulsow) Boyd.
Geri grew up in Yates Center and graduated from Yates Center High School in 1964. After high school Geri went on to become a beautician in Wichita, Kansas. In Wichita she met and married John Uzzel and they had one son, Val. Later she and John were divorced.
Around 1968, Geri met Zane Daly and they were married in January of 1969 and had two children, Jeff and Colby.
Geri and her family lived in Florida, Iola, Kansas and Topeka, Kansas, before returning to Yates Center. She became a stay at home mom, raising her family and selling Tupperware and doing her artwork. Geri was an avid artist in many mediums. She sewed, painted, did beadwork and restored old antiques. She also enjoyed working on many other projects. She was very talented at what she did and had a great passion for it. After she and Zane divorced Geri decided to return to hairdressing, Geri owned and operated her own Beauty Shop in Yates Center until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son Val Daly and wife Terry of Cajon, California; her son Jeff Daly of Yates Center; and her daughter, Colby Daly of Yates Center. Also by her brother, Ken Boyd of Chanute, Kansas, and 2 nieces, Ann Bash of Chanute, Kansas and Stacy Galt of Poughkeepsie, New York, also by many other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center with burial following at Yates Center Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to The American Lung Association of Kansas and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188, Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
PHYLLIS IONE GUSTIN
Phyllis Ione Gustin of Yates Center, Kansas passed away March 1, 2012, in Yates Center she was 100.
Phyllis was born in Blue Mound Kansas, the daughter of Phillip Lewis Rogers and Edna Pearl (Johnson). Phyllis’s mother passed away when Phyllis was quite young, her father then moved her family to a farm in Toronto Kansas. While living in Toronto, Phyllis attended and graduated from Quincy, Kansas High School.
Shortly after she met and married Van Gordon Gustin on September 16, 1929 in Yates Center, Kansas. Phyllis and Van had 5 sons, Floyd “Red,” Richard, Roy E., Philip and Jim; and one daughter, Jean. Around 1959, their family moved off their farm in Toronto, to live in town.
Being in town, Phyllis was able to get more involved with her community. She was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Toronto and played the piano there for 60 years. She was also involved in Eastern Star, the Senior Center and was also a Ladies Aide, along with many other clubs and organizations.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Van, her brother Merle Rogers, a sister Elizabeth Rogers, 2 sons, Floyd “Red” Gustin and Jim Gustin; 1 grandson Richard “Butch” Gustin and 1 granddaughter, Teresa Gustin.
She is survived by 3 sons, Richard Gustin and wife Leni of Nixa, Missouri; Roy E. Gustin and wife Charletta of Fredonia, Kansas; Philip and wife Jerry of Tulsa, Oklahoma and her daughter Jean Schmitt of Derby Kansas. Also by 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 32 great-great-grandchildren and 11 nieces and 8 nephews.
Services for Phyllis will be Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at10:30AM at the First Christian Church in Toronto, Kansas with burial following at the Toronto Cemetery. The family will meet with friends on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 6:00-7:00PM at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, Toronto, Kansas, and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
BONITA SUE "BONNIE" (BRISBIN) JONES
Bonita (Bonnie) Sue (Brisbin) Jones passed away Tuesday February 28, 2012 at her home in Waverly, Kansas, she was 62.
BonnIE was born on September 12th, 1949 to Lewis and Virgina (Sumner) Brisbin in Wichita, KS. She attended Wichita Public Schools. Bonnie met and later married Michael Wade Cavender, Sr. on August 11, 1969 at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Wichita, Kansas. They were blessed with two boys, Michael and Christopher. Bonnie and Michael later divorced. After that she was blessed with a baby girl named Shawna. Bonnie decided to move to Colorado and there she met and married James Jones on March 19, 1983 they had one son, Timothy.
After being away from her family for some time, Bonnie was ready to move back to Kansas. She, James and their family moved to Toronto, Kansas and later Yates Center, Kansas. Bonnie worked at the Sewing Factory here in Yates Center and then later worked for Johnson’s General Store and Philmart, also here in Yates Center.
Bonnie enjoyed playing pool and spending time with her family. She visited the Waverly Senior Center and Waverly’s Sunset Manor Nursing Home often to play cards and visit with the residents.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters; Lois and husband Neal Rusher of Haysville, Kansas; Doris and husband Merle Waggoner of Haysville, Kansas, Anna Mae Jones, Provo, Utah and her brother Rusty Brisbin and Wife Janice of Grain Valley,Missouri. Her four children; Michael Cavender, Jr. and wife Holly of Wichita, Kansas; Christopher Cavender and wife Cari of Yates Center, Kansas; Shawna Sage and husband Paul of Waverly, Kansas and Timothy Jones and wife Tricia of Yates Center, Kansas. Also 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Monday, March, 5, 2012, at 1:30 P.M. at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas with visitation Sunday evening from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. also at Campbell Funeral Home Yates Center, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Resource Council for Independent Living of Kansas and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.
EDITH "PAULINE" GRAY
Edith “Pauline” Gray, 88, Yates Center, KS, passed away early Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Coffey County Hospital in Burlington.
She was born June 12, 1923, at Buffalo, KS, the daughter of Sam and Pearl (Harrington) Beal.
She spent her childhood in the Buffalo area and moved to Woodson County at the age of 14.
On June 14, 1941, she and Virgil Gray were married at Iola, KS.
Pauline was a member of the United Methodist Church in Yates Center.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Claude, John, Edwin, and Harry Beal, and a sister, Mary Endicott.
She leaves her husband, Virgil; her son Gary Gray and wife Debbie, Yates Center; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Dorothy Bobbitt and husband Bob, Wichita, KS.
Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at Campbell Funeral home in Yates Center. Burial will be in Yates Center Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to “Friends for Life” and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Allen Wayne Wilhite, 62, Lubbock, Texas, passed away January 29, 2012 at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.
He was born April 21, 1949, in Chanute, Kansas, the son of Wayne Wilhite and Imogene (Long).
Allen grew up in Yates Center and graduated from Yates Center High School in 1967. He had a great passion for mechanics. He owned and operated Wilhite Auto in Yates Center where he also started driving trucks for various jobs. Shortly after opening his shop Allen met and married Elda (Audiss) and they had three sons, Andy, Wade and Adam. After their marriage Allen began driving trucks as his profession and it led him to Texas around 1991. In Texas, Allen drove for the Excl Truck Company and then later began driving a truck for Wal-Mart. In 2002, Allen had a very exciting year, he won the Texas Lottery. After his win he was able to retire and began traveling in his motor home.
Allen was a lifetime member of the American Trap Shooters Association, the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Wade Allen Wilhite in 1994.
He is survived by his son Adam and wife Jennifer of Lubbock, Texas, his son, Andy and wife Darla of Kingsland, Texas, his sister, Joanne “Jody” Geiser and husband Charles of Wichita, Kansas, six grandchildren and one niece.
Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2012 at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas. No formal visitation is planned; Allen will lie in state Thursday, February 2, 2012. Burial will be in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the American Trap Shooters Association and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
Ruth Edith Fishel, age 92, of Toronto, Kansas, died Sunday, January 29, 2012, at a Chanute hospital. She was born on October 15, 1919, at Spring Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Nick and Rose (Nonnenmacher) Diedrich. She grew up in southeast Minnesota, and attended grade school at Mound Prairie, and high school at Hokah.
On November 12, 1936, she was married to Clarence Melvin Fishel at Brownsville, Minnesota, and they would be the parents of five children. They lived throughout the Western United States, moving twenty-seven times, and living in places that included Washington, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Arizona. In 2001, they settled in Toronto, Kansas, to be close to their son.
She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Quilcene, Washington. She and Clarence enjoyed traveling the West, and their journeys included taking their five children to Alaska with a tent camper 1949, traveling the Alaska Highway.
Clarence preceded her in death on March 4, 2008, after more than 71 years of marriage. She was also preceded by two brothers, Martin and Harley Diedrich.
She is survived by her five children, Donald E. Fishel and wife Judith of Sekiu, Washington, Harry E. Fishel and wife Dorothy of Washougal, Washington, Rosemary Lewis and husband George of Placerville, California, Arthur R. Fishel and companion Karen of Burns, Oregon, and Gary Lee Fishel and wife Shirley of Toronto, Kansas; by a sister, Frieda Chose, of Madison, Wisconsin; and by many grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
No services are planned at this time, as the family will conduct inurnment at a later date.
Virginia Adair (Redfearn) Schornick, 94, of Yates Center, Kansas, passed away Wednesday morning, January 25, 2012, at the Coffey County Hospital in Burlington, Kansas.
She was born January 25, 1918, the daughter of H.E. “Woody” and Marcella (Chellis) Redfearn.
Virginia spent most of her childhood in Yates Center. Her parents owned “Woody’s Restaurant” and she spent a good amount of time helping there. She did attend school in Iola, Kansas, as well as Independence, Kansas, but did return to Yates Center High School and graduated in 1936.
After high school Virginia met and married Milton Schornick, they were married July 5, 1936. Milton and Virginia worked for A & P Grocers in various towns and after 4 years of living in Independence, Kansas, they returned to Yates Center in 1943. Milton preceded her in death on March 10, 2006.
Virginia was very active in her community, she often volunteered at the Nursing Home for Bingo games and other activities, she belonged to the First Christian Church in Yates Center, the P.E.O Sisterhood, Eastern Star, the Yates Center Senior Center and the Woodson County Historical Society.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Gail Cantrell and Gana Lukens; and her brother Harrison “Bud” Redfearn.
She is survived by her Aunt Donna Brashear of Yates Center, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be held 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 28th, 2012, at the First Christian Church in Yates Center.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church or the Yates Center Senior Center and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.
Fern Isabel (Taylor) Leasure passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at A New Home in Topeka, Kansas at the age of 91.
Fern was born in Coffey County Kansas, NW of Gridley, Ks on Jan 30, 1920. She was the youngest of four children born to Pearl (Faulkner) and S. K. Taylor. She first attended school at Knowledge Hill, after her family moved to Woodson County in 1925. She graduated from Yates Center High School in 1938.
Fern was married in December, 1942 to Claude Beal of Yates Center. Their son, Alan Beal, was born to them in August, 1943. Claude was a member of First Special Service Force and was killed in action in WWII when Alan was only a few months old. This left her a young war widow, caring for her baby son.
Fern married Clyde Johnson of Yates Center in 1945. Their daughter, Clyta, born in September, 1955, survives. Clyde and Fern lived on a small farm near Yates Center for many years before moving to Coffeyville, Ks in 1963. Clyde died at the VA Hospital in Wichita, Ks in May 1967. This left Fern to care for her young daughter.
Fern became an LPN in 1970 and worked 5 years at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was a member of Kansas Nursing Association.
Fern married Franklin Leasure of Yates Center in 1975 and they lived on a farm southeast of Yates Center for 17 years. Frank was Woodson County Rural Fire Chief and Fern accompanied him on many fires. Fern also worked at the Nursing Home in Yates Center for many years. Fern and Frank were members of the Farm Bureau and Woodson County COOP. Frank died in 1992, leaving Fern alone once again.
Fern moved to Topeka to be near her children and their families in 1996. She enjoyed gardening, knitting and quilting. Her children and many grandchildren kept her busy.
Fern is survived by her sister, Elsie Whisenand of Higbee, Mo; her daughter, Clyta (Kerry) Bolze of Topeka; daughter-in-law, Marcia Beal-Stullken; her grandchildren, Stacie Hilmes of Mansfield, Tx, Jeff Beal of Meriden, Ks, Shannon Yancy, Michelle Sann, Kerry Bolze, Jamie Martinez and Chrissy Bolze all of Topeka; a niece, Joyce McCormick of Yates Center; 4 great nieces and nephews; as well as 15 great-grandchildren.
Fern is preceded in death by many loved ones--her parents, as well as both brothers, Grant Taylor and Kenneth Taylor, her three husbands, her son, Alan, her great-grandson, Cole Hilmes, her nephews Dennis Terrell and Kenneth Wayne Taylor.
Fern’s family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 A.M.at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center, KS on Monday, January 16, 2012, with the service immediately following at 10:30. She will be privately interred in Crandall Cemetery near Leroy, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter in her name. Thank you to all who cared for Fern in the latter stage of her life at Peggy Kelly House and A New Home. She had cared for so many others, then it was time for her to be cared for.
ALBERT "SPECK" MANN
Albert Clayton “Speck” Mann, of Toronto, Kansas, died January 6, 2012 at his home. He was 96.
He was born December 23, 1915, on the family homestead near Toronto, to Harry A. and Della (Armstrong) Mann.
He graduated from Toronto High School in 1933.
He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and served with the Service Battery 209th Field Artillery Battalion in the Aleutian Islands and the European Theater and was discharged in September of 1945.
He married Wanda Richards on February 6, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas. They had two children, Mike and Mary.
He was a cattleman and took great pleasure in his Hereford cattle and his century farm.
He was a member of the Toronto Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post # 325, the Kansas Livestock Association and Woodson County Livestock Association. He served on the Toronto school board, the KSU/Woodson County Extension Council, and the Woodson County Fair Board.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, John Mann.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda, of the home; a son, Mike Mann and wife Sherry of Rye, Colorado; a daughter, Mary Mosier and husband Richard of Coburg, Oregon; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at the Toronto School Gymnasium. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Toronto Cemetery.
Albert will lie in state at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas January 10, 2012.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Toronto Legion Post #325 or the Woodson County Extension Council, and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188, Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
Helen K. (Bellinger) Farmer passed away Monday, January 2, 2012, at the Allen County Hospital in Iola at the age of 66.
She was born January 24, 1945, at the family farm in Chickasaw County, Iowa, the daughter of Delbert and Marie Bellinger.
She was raised in Northern Iowa and attended Chickasaw Country Schools as well as Plainfield High School.
She cleaned homes, delivered meals to Smith Farms, and painted homes until her hiring at U.S.D. 366 as a cook in 1973. Several children have crossed her path there and she loved watching them grow up. She retired from the school in 1998.
Helen enjoyed quilting, crafting, 4-wheeling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her with her friends and family.
She was united in marriage to Dave Farmer on July 6, 1963, in Charleston, South Carolina, where they made their home while Dave was in the service. In 1966 Dave was honorably discharged and they moved to Waverly, Iowa, where she gave birth to two children, Peggy and James. She then moved to Yates Center, Kansas, in 1968, where she made her home until her passing.
She was a member of the Lady’s Auxiliary of Post 13, of the American Legion in Yates Center, St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Kansas, and served on the Woodson County Election Board.
She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Bellinger; her brothers, Kenneth, Merlin, and Keith Bellinger; and a sister Sandra Bailey.
She is survived by her husband, Dave, of the home; a daughter, Peggy Lester and husband Roger of Mount Vernon, Missouri; a son, James Farmer of Goodman, Missouri; two granddaughters, Jessica Audiss and husband Brent of Chanute, Kansas, and Samantha James and husband Tyler of Chanute; two great-grandchildren, Kasen and Kilie Audiss of Chanute; and one granddaughter on the way. She also leaves her mother, Marie Bellinger of Waverly, Iowa; three sisters, Janet Bilhartz and husband Ron of Nashua, Iowa, Nancy Lusson of Edmonds, Washington, and Brenda Deetz of Fredricksburg, Iowa; three brothers, Gary Bellinger and wife Bonnie of Plainfield, Iowa, Rick Bellinger and wife Roxann of Clarksville, Iowa, and Dean Bellinger of Waverly, Iowa; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held 1:30 P.M Friday, January 6, 2012, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Humboldt.(910 Amos St)
Burial will follow in Kalida Cemetery in Yates Center.
The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.(310 W Rutledge)
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to "Friends for Life" in Yates Canter, which may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Joyce L. Slater, 79, of Yates Center, Kansas, passed away early Saturday, December 31, 2011, at the Yates Center Health Center.
She was born May 15, 1932, in the Owl Creek neighborhood south-east of Yates Center, the daughter of John Leo and Mary “Mae” (Meriweather) Hoag.
She worked for several local businesses including Woody’s Café and Rite-Bye in Yates Center and the Wagon Wheel Café in Burlington. She later was employed as a custodian for the Yates Center schools until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yates Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margaret Conkle; and two brothers, Jack and Don Hoag.
She leaves her daughter, Phyllis King and husband Billy, Wann, Oklahoma; three sons, Steve Slater and wife Sharon and Philip Slater, Jr. of Yates Center, and Mark Slater and wife Charlotte, Humboldt, Kansas; 12 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 2, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yates Center. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center.
Memorial contributions are suggested to “Friends for Life” and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
ALICE CATHERINE SMITH
Alice Catherine Smith, age 91, of Yates Center, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Yates Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Alice was born March 31, 1920, the daughter of P.K. Laidlaw and Pearl (Cantrell) Laidlaw. Alice and her family lived in Yates Center, until Alice graduated from Yates Center High School in in 1938. After graduation Alice went on to attend Baker University. After attending Baker University Alice worked at Tilly’s Dress Shop in Yates Center, Kansas.
Alice met her husband Lawrence Milton Smith and they were married on October 18, 1941. After her and Lawrence were married Alice opened a Gift Shop in Lawrence’s GE Store in Coffeyville, Kansas. They later returned to Yates Center in 1977.
Alice was a member of First United Methodist Church, Yates Center, Kansas and the Chapter CH P.E.O. Sisterhood. Alice was enjoyed her membership of LakeSide Golf Course where she and the ladies loved playing golf.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who died July 12, 1988.
She is survived by her son, Steve Smith of the home. Her nephews, H.T. Laidlaw of Pheonix, Arizona; Tommy Laidlaw of LaFayette, Colorado; Stan Laidlaw of Mesquite, Nevada; and Jim Evans of Springfield Missouri, her nieces, Linda Lou Steiner and Mardell Pringle, both of Yates Center, Kansas; Marilyn Clark of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Jane Potter of Iola, Kansas.
Funeral services will be at Campbell Funeral Home on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas. No formal visitation is planned. Memorials are suggested to 'First United Methodist Church' (Yates Center), or 'City of Yates Center Christmas Light Fund' and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.
WILLIAM JOSEPH "BILL" KESTER
William Joseph “Bill” Kester passed away Sunday night, December 4, 2011, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Bill was born September 3, 1923, in Quincy, Kansas, the son of Earl Orasho and Mary Olive (Hoggatt) Kester.
He grew up on the farm at Quincy and attended Quincy High School until his Junior year and then Graduated from Toronto High School. After high school Bill served in the US army and was a veteran of WWII.
After he completed his service he and Norma Shepard were married on May 2, 1948 in Garnett, Kansas. Bill and Norma had two daughters Connie and Deb.
Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #13 and also of the First Baptist Church in Yates Center.
In 1957 he became Sexton of the Yates Center Cemetery and served 54 years until his death. Other than his children, Bill had great passion for the grounds upkeep as well as record maintenance for the cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alfred Kester; and two sisters, Alice Reese and Elsie Merewether.
Bill is survived by his wife Norma of the home; two daughters, Connie Morrison and her husband Gary and Deb Burke and her husband Robert, all of Yates Center; four grandchildren, Laura Hegwald, Trent Morrison and girlfriend Ronda Truelove, and Jolea Burke, all of Yates Center, and Travis Morrison and wife Rachel of Wichita, Kansas; and three great-grandchildren, Melanie and Caleb Hegwald of Yates Center and Alexis Barker of Chanute, Kansas.
Services will be held 10:00 A.M.Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, Kansas. Followed by internment with Military Honors at Yates Center Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 7, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Campbell Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Yates Center Cemetery and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, Kansas 66783.