BUTLER COUNTY, KANSAS

OBITUARIES


EICHER, LAWRENCE "LARRY" RAY

NEWTON - Eicher, Lawrence "Larry" Ray, 58, passed away peacefully at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, at 5:07 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009, after valiantly battling lung cancer and its after-effects for the past two years.

It is with great sadness that we, as family and friends, had to say to our beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Lawrence Ray Eicher. We fondly remember him as someone who loved life and embraced life's challenges and opportunities with a friendly smile and a positive attitude. He was an outstanding athlete throughout his life, a track and field star in his younger years and a champion tennis player. Larry was a hard worker and a joy to be around. The passions of his life were family, tennis, and friends. He devoted himself completely to his three children: son, Eric Eicher and his wife, Karen and their newborn baby girl, Sophia, of McPherson, Kansas; son, Brandon Eicher, an Active Duty Army First Lieutenant currently deployed to Iraq and his wife, Krystal; and daughter, Ashley Eicher, of the home. He was a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a highly-respected electrical engineer at Westar Energy, in Wichita, Kansas the past 30 years. He attended Burns and Countryside Elementary Schools, Frederick Remington High School, and Wichita State University (where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering while also supporting a young family and working full-time). Everyone who came into contact with Larry was impressed and encouraged by his friendliness and helpfulness. While a private person, He knew no strangers. He will be greatly missed.

Larry is survived by his 3 children, Eric, Brandon, and Ashley; 5 brothers and 3 sisters, Lavonne Geer of Newton, Louise Koehn and her husband, Earl Dean of Burns, Norma Smith and her husband, John of Burns, Maurice Eicher and his wife, Patricia of Uniontown, AL, Allen Eicher and his wife, Iva of Collinsville, OK, Ervin Eicher and his wife, Vicky of Oakley, KS, Jasper Eicher and his wife, Darla of Newton, KS and James Eicher and his wife, Stefanie of Wichita, KS; and many other close relatives and friends. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Marjorie (Brown) Eicher; sister, Beth-Ann Eicher; nephew, Phillip Eicher; niece, Michele Ensz, and brother-in-law, Jesse Lou Geer.

Funeral service with Military Honors will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton, Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday with the family receiving friends from 6:30-8p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Burns, Kansas.
(Wichita Eagle ~ September 28, 2009 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

EICHER, MARJORIE L.

Eicher, Marjorie L., 80, homemaker, died Tuesday, July 11, 1995. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday, Meridian Mennonite Church, rural Hesston; 3 p.m. Friday, Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery, Burns.

Survivors: husband, Norman; sons, Maurice of Uniontown, Ala., Allen of Owasso, Ervin of Monument, Lawrence of Rose Hill, Jasper of Newton, James of Salina; daughters, Lavonne Geer of Newton, Louise Koehn, Norma Smith, both of Burns; sister, Dorothy Johnston of Midland, Mich.; 23 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren. Memorials have been established with the Gospel Tract & Bible Society, Moundridge, and the March of Dimes. Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.
(The Wichita Eagle ~ 12 July 1995 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler

EICHER, NORMAN M.

MOUNDRIDGE - Norman M. Eicher, 90, died July 14, 2005, at Moundridge Manor.

He was born June 21, 1915, in Gratiot County, Mich., the son of Daniel Lancelot and Lena Johnson Eicher. He attended Gratiot County Michigan Schools, and he did carpentry work and worked for Hesston Corporation, retiring in 1965.

He belonged to Eden Church of God in Christ Mennonite, rural Burns.

On April 27, 1935, he married Marjorie Brown, at North Star, Mich. She died June 11, 1995.

Survivors include: six sons, Maurice, Uniontown, Ala., Allen, Collinsville, Okla., Ervin, Oakley, Lawrence, Derby, Jasper, Hesston, and James, Tampa Bay, Fla.; three daughters, Lavonne Greer, Newton, Louise Koehn, and Norma Smith, both of Burns; two brothers, Eugene, Aurora, Colo., and Raymond, Foley, Ala.; four sisters, Ethel Ruth Hayes, Calif., Helen Underwood, Magnolia Springs, Ala., Esther Koehn, Atwater, Calif., and Jane Lipscomb, Foley, Ala.; 23 grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Ann Eicher, a brother, Robert Eicher, a sister, June Warren, an infant sister, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Eden Mennonite Church, Burns, with Lowell Koehn, Alvin Koehn, Roland Koehn, and Vernon Koehn presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Burial will be in Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Gospel Tract and Bible Society or the March of Dimes, both in care of the funeral home.
(The Hutchinson News ~ 16 July 1995 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

GIESEL, LAVERNE STANLEY

BURNS - LaVerne Stanley Giesel, 70, died Thursday (Nov. 17, 2005) at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge.

He was born July 7, 1935, to Freeman and Mary (Becker) Giesel in Goessel. They preceded him in death. He married Edna Schmidt Feb. 7, 1958, in Burns. She survives of the home.

Stanley was a farmer and also did construction and building work. He was known as a generous person who loved to help his friends, family and neighbors. He also looked forward to spending time with his friends in the Burns area.

Other survivors include: a son, Randy Giesel and wife Arlene of Burns; a daughter, Finette and Lyle Koehn of Burns; brothers, Leland Giesel of Barron, Wis., and Willard Giesel of Hesston; sisters, Arlene Koehn of West Point, Miss., and Betty Martens of Inman; and six grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a grandchild.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Eden Mennonite Church with Lowell Koehn, Roland Koehn and Vernon Koehn officiating.

Burial will be in Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery in Burns.

Memorials have been established with Eden Christian School and Moundridge Manor in care of the funeral home.
(The Newton Kansan ~ 19 Nov 2005 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

JANTZ, AGNES M.

Jantz, Agnes M., 86, homemaker, died Monday, July 24, 2000. Service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors: brothers, Stanley Koehn of Burns, Glen Koehn of Fort Sumner, N.M.; sisters, Dorothy Jantz, Evelyn Jantz, Neva Jantz, Pansy Koehn, Jeralyn Koehn all of Burns, Edna Koehn of Newton; one grandchild; one great-grandchild . Memorial has been established with Gospel Tract and Bible Society of Moundridge. Petersen Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ July 26, 2000 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

JANTZ, CARLY MAE

BURNS - Jantz, Carly Mae, infant daughter of Brad and Miriam Jantz of Burns, died April 13, 2005. Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Eden Mennonite Church. Other

Survivors: brother, Trevor; sister, Katrina; grandparents, Neva Jantz, Jerry and Carol Giesbrecht; great-grandmother, Mildred Hood. Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

Published in the Wichita Eagle on 4/15/2005.

JANTZ, CLIFFORD L.

Jantz, Clifford L., 78, dairy farmer, died Friday, March 29, 2002. Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors: wife, Neva; sons, Brad of Burns, Michael of Wilcox, Ariz.; daughter, Jana Smith of Burns; brother, Elmer of Burns; sisters, Francis Koehn, Erma Koehn both of Montezuma; seven grandchildren. Memorial established with Eden Christian School. Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.
(Wichita Eagle ~ March 31, 2002 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

JANTZ, ELIZABETH

Jantz, Elizabeth, 96, homemaker, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999. Visitation 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Petersen Funeral Home, Newton; service 2:30 p.m. Monday, Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors: sons, Vernon of Montezuma, Richard of Fairview, Okla.; daughters, Neoma Koehn, Margie Jantz, both of Newton; brother, Milford Ratzlaff of Canton; sisters, Margaret Unruh of Moundridge, Ella Koehn of Burns; eight grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Memorial has been established with Moundridge Manor.
(Wichita Eagle ~ October 10, 1999 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

JANTZ, EVELYN

BURNS - Jantz, Evelyn, 80, homehealth care aide and foster parent, died Thursday, April 17, 2003. Service 10:30 a.m. Monday, Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors: sons, Ronald, Riley, both of Burns; daughters, Gweneth Jantz, Livingston, CA, Jaylyn Koehn, Atwater, CA, two brothers; five sisters; three grandchildren. Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

Published in the Wichita Eagle on 4/19/2003.

JANTZ, TAYLOUR M.

Jantz, Taylour M., 7, Peabody Elementary School student, died Sunday, March 11, 2001. Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors: father, Riley; mother, Gina; sister, Marissa all of Burns; grandparents, Evelyn Jantz of Burns, Wilma Giffney of Florence, Michael Fine of Palm Harbor, Fla.; great-grandparents, Tom and Velma Fine of Osage City. Petersen Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ March 13, 2001 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

KOEHN, DOROTHY S.

Dorothy S. Koehn, 63, of Burns, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Salina Regional Medical Center. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Eden Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery in Burns.

She was born July 6, 1940, in Halstead, the daughter of Albert D. and Mabel Buller Koehn. She married Robert H. Koehn on Dec. 7, 1958, at rural Halstead. She retired from Agco Corporation in Hesston. She was a member of Eden Mennonite Church, rural Burns. She greatly enjoyed being a wife and mother and had a special love and fondness for her grandchildren. She was a very social person who enjoyed being around her friends and family. She had a special way of making people feel at ease and knowing something special about each of her friends.

Survivors include: husband, Robert, of the home; sons, Kendell H. Koehn and Scott B. Koehn, both of Firth, Neb., and Nelson R. Koehn; sister, Alma Ruth Miller of Winfield; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, James Willard Koehn and Leland Koehn.

Memorials are to Eden Mennonite Church School and Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University. Contributions may be left at Petersen Funeral Home of Newton who has the arrangements.
(El Dorado Times ~ 14 May 2004 ~ Transcribed by Lori DeWinkler)

KOEHN, JERALYN S.

Jeralyn S. Koehn, 68, of Burns, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at her home. Services are 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Eden Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Lowell Koehn, Vernon Koehn, Roland Koehn and Mark Dirks will officiate. Burial will follow at the Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery in Burns.

She was born Dec. 15, 1937 in Halstead, to Enoch D. and Anna Schmidt Koehn. She was a member of Eden Church of God in Christ Mennonite in rural Burns. Jeralyn was a retired nurse and worked at the former Bethel Hospital, Newton Medical Center and Newton Professional Building during her career. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening and tending her flowers. Jeralyn also enjoyed sewing, making many garments for her nieces and nephews. She looked forward to spending time with her friends and loving family.

Survivors include: brothers, Glen and Norma Koehn of Texline, Texas, and Stanley and Jennette Koehn of Burns; sisters, Laveda Pansy Koehn of Burns, Dorothy and Elmer Jantz of Burns, Edna and Harlan Koehn of Burns and Neva Jantz of Burns; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Enoch D. Koehn; mother, Anna Koehn; a brother; and four sisters.

Memorials have been established with Harry Hynes Hospice and the Gospel Tract Society.

Petersen Funeral Home of Newton has the arrangements.
(El Dorado Times ~ 20 Nov 2006 ~ Transcribed by Lori DeWinkler)

KOEHN, LOIS

Lois Koehn, 82, of Burns, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Newton Medical Center. Services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Eden Mennonite Church with Alvin Koehn, Vernon Koehn and Roland Koehn officiating. Burial will follow at Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery in Burns.

She was born May 18, 1921, in rural McPherson, the daughter of Tobe and Josephine Koehn. She married Tobe Koehn on April 27, 1941, in Galva. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to read books, cook and care for her family. She also enjoyed reading her Bible. She was a member of the Eden Mennonite Church in rural Burns.

Survivors include: husband, Tobe Koehn, of Burns; daughters, Jane and husband Milferd Dirks of Halstead, Ethel Jantz of Burns, Lavonne and husband Lowell Koehn of Burns and Karen and husband James Jantz of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; brothers, Howard Koehn of Moundridge, Claude Koehn of Hutchinson and Loel Koehn of Moundridge; sisters, Virgie Koehn, Jean Koehn and Fern Koehn, all of Moundridge; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother; son-in-law, Willis "Larry" Jantz; and grandson, Henry Koehn.

A memorial has been established with the Gospel Tract and Bible Society of Moundridge.

Petersen Funeral Home in Newton has the arrangements.
(El Dorado Times ~ 18 Apr 2004 ~ Transcribed by Lori DeWinkler)

KOEHN, MARTHA ELIZABETH "BETTY"

MONTEZUMA - Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Koehn, 77, died Nov. 21, 2006, at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.

She was born March 29, 1929, in McPherson County, the daughter of Pete B. and Esther Unruh Koehn. She was a resident of Montezuma, formerly of Burns.

Survivors include: two sisters, Marlene, Montezuma, and Twylah Schmidt, Grant, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Lester Koehn; and two sisters, Dorothy and Lucille Koehn.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Montezuma Mennonite Church, with Ministers Jim Koehn and Kalvin Salsbury presiding. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery, Burns. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Montezuma Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to Bethel Home Inc., Montezuma, in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 421, Montezuma, KS 67867.
(The Hutchinson News ~ November 23, 2006 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

KOEHN, MARVIN D.

BURNS - Koehn, Marvin D., 65, died December 9, 2004. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado; service 2:30 p.m. Monday, Eden Mennonite Church, Burns. Survivors: wife, Bertha; daughters, Loretta Koehn, Paula Toews, Bonnie Ensz; father, William Koehn; brothers, Earl Dean, William, David; sister, Verna Becker.
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 12/11/2004.

KOEHN, RUBY

Burns - Ruby Koehn, 65, Rt 1 Burns, a homemaker died Tuesday (July 28, 1987) at Halstead Hospital.

She was born November 3, 1921 in Isabelle, Oklahoma, daughter of Dan and Anna Boehs Schmidt. On April 5, 1942, she married Elmer Koehn, He died Feb 1980.
She was a member of the Eden Mennonite Church.
(Newton Kansan)

KOEHN, SHERRIE LEA

Sherrie Lea Koehn, 37, of Burns, died Friday, Dec. 2, 1994. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Eden Mennonite Church, rural Burns. Officiating the services will be Tobe Koehn, Lowell Koehn and Vernon Koehn. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born Oct. 10, 1957, in Burns, the daughter of Hermon Koehn and Luvina Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Burns and a member of the Eden Mennonite Church.

Survivors include: parents, Hermon and Luvina Koehn; brothers, Robert, of Solomon, Gilbert of Galva, Chester, Roger, both of Burns, Laurel of Farmington, Ky.

Memorials are to the Eden Mennonite Church, c/o Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.
(El Dorado Times ~ 3 December 1994)

              

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