Butler  County,  Kansas


The Lincoln Journal Star
Monday, 6/21/2004

LaVonne D. (Buettgenbach) Markley, 74, Augusta, died Friday (6/18/04). Born, Lincoln. Employed, Beech Aircraft and Frye Chevrolet.

Survivors: daughter, Teresa Buettgenbach, Fort Collins, Colo.; stepsons, Darrell Markley, Augusta, Kan., Galen Markley, Linn Creek, Miss., stepdaughters, Kathleen Cagle, Augusta, Kan., Debbie Heinrich, Carlsbad, N.M.; brothers, Richard Schell, Roca, Lawrence Schell, Dwight Schell, both Lincoln; sister, Carol May, Bennet; one grandchild; 15 stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Christ Lutheran Church, Augusta. Visitation: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m., Headley Funeral Chapel. Donations, Christ Lutheran Church, 1500 Cron Augusta, KS, 67010.

The Wichita Eagle
Monday, 6/21/2004

Augusta KS United States
AUGUSTA – Markley, LaVonne D. (Buettgenbach), 74, former Beech Aircraft & Frye Chevrolet employee, passed away June 18, 2004. Mrs. Markley was born in Lincoln, NE on April 23, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Harry & Anna (Oeltjenbruns) Schell. LaVonne graduated from Central High School and continued her education in business school at Lincoln. On April 22, 1951, she married Robert Buettgenbach in Wichita. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1983. On Dec. 21, 1986, she married Kenneth Markley in Augusta. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2004. She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Schell as well. Survivors: daughter, Teresa Buettgenbach, Ft. Collins, CO; grandchild, Elizabeth Buettgenbach; step-sons & daughters-in-law, Darrell & Jeanine Markley, Augusta, Galen & Paula Markley, Linn Creek, MO; step-daughters & sons-in-law Kathleen & Rex Cagle, Augusta, Debbie & Mark Heinrich, Carlsbad, NM; brothers; Richard Schell, Roca, NE; Lawrence Schell, Dwight Schell, both of Lincoln, NE; sister, Carol May of Bennet, NE; 15 step grandchildren; 6 step-great grandchildren. Visitation will be 10-8 Tuesaday with family present to greet friends 6-8 at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. A service to celebrate her life will be held 10 am Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church, Augusta. Family requests donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 1500 Cron, Augusta, KS 67010. (Submitted by Don Hansen)


Wichita (KS) Eagle/Beacon
Friday, 6/3/1983

AUGUSTA (KS) – Robert Buettgenbach, 58, Beech test pilot, died Sunday of injuries suffered in a plane crash. Service 2:30 p.m. Monday, Christ Lutheran Church, Augusta.

Survivors: wife, LaVonne; daughter Teresa at home; brothers, Ralph of Wichita, Richard of Concord, Mich.; sisters, Ruth Stansfield of Minneapolis, Mae Kennedy of Martell, Neb., Gladys Ketterer of Wichita; mother, Clara of Martell. Memorial has been established with Bob Buettgenbach Fund for Aviation Scholarship, Forth National Bank. Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta.

Note: Per tel convo 5/22/07 between Don Hansen & Sandy at Dunsford Funeral Home, Robert is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, KS. (Submitted by Don Hansen)


Wichita (KS) Eagle
Sunday, 1/4/2004

AUGUSTA (KS) – Markley, Kenneth Eldon, 83, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2004. Mr. Markley was born in Augusta on Dec.19, 1920, the son of the late Ray and Harriett (Hiner) Markley. He was a service manager at various Chevrolet Dealers in Augusta including Frye, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. On May 5, 1946, he married Eleanor (Mittelstadt) in Brewster, MN. She preceded him in death Nov. 26, 1983. A brother, Dwight preceded him in death as well. On Dec. 20, 1987, he married LaVonne (Buettgenbach) in Augusta. She survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Jeanine Markley, Augusta, Galen and Paula Markley, Linn Creek, MO; daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and Rex Cagle, Augusta, Debbie and Mark Heinrich, Carlsbad, NM; grandchildren and spouses, Amber and Aaron Buster, Orlando, FL, Dallas and Mitch Matthews, Minneapolis, KS, Stacy and Claib Harris IV, Melvern, KS, Bethany and Tim Starks, Kansas City, KS, Jeremiah and April Markley, Papua, New Guinea, Esther and Kevin Brown, Kansas City, MO, Leah and Grady Burkhalter, Linn Creek, MO, grandcild and fiance, Melody Usher and Ben Buethe, Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Davin Markley, Manhattan, Kaleb, Kelsey and Colton Heinrich, Carlsbad, NM, Toni and Tami Usher, Augusta, Joshua Markley, Linn Creek, MO; great-grandchildren Claib V. and Carley Harris, Madalyn Matthews, Jordan and Judah Markley, Brianna Brown; brother and sister-in-law Lyle and Beth Markley, Augusta; brother Clifford Markley, Birmingham, AL; stepdaughter, Teresa Buettgenbach, Ft. Collins, CO; stepgrandchild Elizabeth Buettgenbach.

Visitation 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta; Celebration of Life service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Christ Lutheran Church, Augusta. Memorial contributions may be sent to Christ LutheranChurch, 1500 Cron, Augusta, KS 67010.

Note: Per e-mail 5/24/07 to Don Hansen from Clint Headley of Headley funeral Home, Kenneth is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, KS. (Submitted by Don Hansen)


Ex-Sheriff J.W. Middleton Dies Suddenly – An Active Life is Ended

(From Wednesday’s Daily)
The death of John W. Middleton, at 6 o’clock was a great surprise and shock to the people of Augusta. He had been feeling bad for a week or ten days and said it was hard for him to breathe, but he did not consider his condition serious and the people did not know that there was any danger.

He arose this morning about 5:30 and seemed to be taken with a cough and called for a drink of water which was procured for him by his daughter, Mrs. Maud Gunn, but he could not drink it after it was brought to him, and he breathed his last about 6 o’clock.

John Middleton was born in Champaign county, Ohio, February 23, 1833.

He moved to Iowa at the age of 17 years. He was among the first to enlist in 1861 and went out in Company E, 31 Iowa Infantry of which company he was first lieutenant, serving until the close of the war, taking part in some of the hardest fights in the war.

He was united in marriage to Miss Flora Creal April 27, 1869. In 1870 they came to Kansas where they resided ever since with the exception of a little over a year about ’80. In 1881 they moved to Butler county and have resided her ever since.

After coming to Augusta he engaged in the quarry and rock shipping business. In 1891 he was elected sheriff of Butler county and re-elected in 1893 serving four years.

In 1900 he was elected mayor of Augusta and served one year. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Augusta.

Mrs. Middleton and ten children survive him.

He was a kind husband and father; no man was more thoughtful of his family than J.W. Middleton.

The funeral will be held from the family residence tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock under the direction of the Masonic Lodge of Augusta.


The funeral of J.W. Middleton in charge of Mystic Tie Lodge of Masons took place at 10 o’clock this morning from the family residence on Santa Fe street. The services were conducted by Rev. E.A. Howard and the remains were laid in their final resting place in the City Cemetery.

It was one of the largest funeral held in Augusta recently. All the business houses were closed and a large number from surrounding towns were present.

The pall bearers were: W.B. Brown, Ed. Weidlein, S.J. Safford, Newt Purcell, J.K. Withrow, of Augusta and T.A. Kramer, of El Dorado. Beautiful flowers covered the casket and the remains were accompanied to the cemetery by a long line of carriages. (Augusta Gazette, July 3, 1903, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Miss Ida May Rice was born in Red Rock, Iowa, October 28, 1870. Moved with her parents to Utah when quite small and remained there until after her fathers death, when the family removed to Augusta to 1880. She was united in marriage to Mr. Edd Peyton, of this city, in 1895. To this union one son, Lyle, was born, who with his father, one brother and three sisters mourn the death of this good woman.

Early in life she became a member of the church of Christ and was a member here at the time of her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Peyton had only recently moved from their farm just east of this city to Wichita, where they expected to rest from the hard toil that had been their portion for so many years when the rest that cometh from God claimed. The funeral was held from the Christian Church of this city Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, being conducted by the minster. Interment was made in Elmwood Cemetery. (Augusta Gazette, May 22, 1918, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


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