Butler  County,  Kansas


Mrs. Elizabeth F. Young, 83, died at her home in Rosalia township Wednesday morning, November 8, 1916 after months of feebleness incident to old age. The funeral will be held from the home at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be beside her husband.

Mrs. Young was born in Tolland county, Connecticut, July 8, 1833. She was married to G. D. Young in 1852. She was the mother of nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The seven surviving are: Geo. A. Young of Harrisonville, Mo., William L. Young of Beaumont, Arthur G., and Fred H. Young, who live on the home farm; Mrs. Mary C. Pyle, Towanda and Mrs. Carrie R. Brickley, Rosalia.

Mr. and Mrs. Young came to Kansas and landed in El Dorado, December 24, 1871. The first night spent here they camped on the banks of the Walnut River near El Dorado. They located on the farm southwest of Rosalia, which has since been the home and where Mr. Young died, December 16, 1911. Mrs. Young united with the Methodist Church in early life. (Walnut Valley Times, November 7, 1916)


Son in law of Mrs. Z. Peffley passes away at his home in Wichita. Mrs. Z. Peffley went to Wichita Monday called by the death of her son in law Jack J. Gaffney. Mr. Gaffney is a railroad man and formerly lived in El Dorado. He married Miss Frona Lines. (Walnut Valley Times. December 1, 1916)


Funeral services will be conducted over the body of William Doornbos at the family residence near Pontiac at 10 o'clock Sunday. Burial will take place in Clifford cemetery.

Mr. Doornboss died at 10 o'clock Friday morning. He was 59 years old and a native of Holland. He had lived in Butler county for more than 30 years and was one of the most extensive farmers and stockraisers in this section.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Anna Nichols, Eureka, Edward Doornbos, Douglass, John Doornboss, Rosalia; Mrs. Frano Kimball, El Dorado, Harry Doornboss, Mrs. Emma Manka, Chelsea, Mrs. Celia Rogalsky, Keighley, Mrs. May Manka, Colorado, Virgil Doornboss, Rosalia; Arthur Doornboss, El Dorado, Mrs. Jessie Siegrist and Mrs. Stella Siegrist, Pontiac. (Walnut Valley Times, November 24, 1916)


Marcilla J. Gildey was born in Fairmount, West Virginia, January 1, 1849. At the age of seven years her parents moved to Indiana and later to Illinois. She was united in marriage to James E. Harding of Odell, Ill., on January 31, 1867. to them were born three daughters, Nora L. Harding, Mrs. Nellie Moorehead and Mrs. Matilda Waggoner, all of whom survive and mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, the husband and father having separated this life July 15, 1907. Since Mr. Harding's death, Mrs. Harding's health began to fail and for years she has been in feeble condition.

Besides the three daughters there are four grandchildren with whom she was a great favorite and who also mourn her loss, with a large number of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Harding lived a consistent Christian life, always wanting to do someone a kindness. Her predominating trait was her splendid motherhood, her love and consideration of her children and grandchildren. Her attitude towards friends was always the most kindly, gentle and marked her as a woman of strong character. Her friends always found a warm welcome awaiting them in her home. She was always kind to children and wanting to do them some kindness.

Mr. and Mrs. Harding came to Kansas in 1870 and located near Benton which has since been their home and where they lived and died as pioneers. Mrs. Harding proved herself to be a good citizen, an unselfish mother, a kind friend and neighbor. It may be truly said of her, "she hath done what she could."

Her death came suddenly, November 2, 1916. The funeral was held from the home November 5, conducted by Rev. Wm. Blood of the Methodist Church at Benton and she was laid to rest beside her husband in Enterprise cemetery. (Walnut Valley Times, November 17, 1916)


Marvin E. Canfield, 73, Augusta, retired TWA engine and sheet metal mechanic, died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Viewing and visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Dunsford-Zeiner Funeral Home, Augusta.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Augusta First United Methodist Church. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life in the church multi-purpose room following the service.

Marvin was born on April 10, 1934 in Wichita, to Merle E. and Sadie Venita (Ewalt) Canfield. He was raised in Augusta and attended Augusta schools, and in his senior year 1953, at the age of 17, he joined the United State Navy. He served on the USS Essex, CVA-9. He was a Korean War veteran and a veteran of foreign wars, belonging to the American Legion and VFW national organizations. While in the Navy, he was an A and E mechanic and later became an airline mechanic doing sheet metal repair on aircraft for TWA.

He married Judy Lee Emm on March 2, 1956 and the family had three boys and two girls. Their children married and they enlarged the family with 31 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He also has a brother, Melvin (Jean) Canfield of Andover.

Marvin and Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 5, 2006, with a renewal of vows and a reception at the First United Methodist Church.

Marvin was a renal patient at Susan B. Allen Memorial Dialysis Center in El Dorado and did 3 1/2 years of dialysis treatment at the facility. He became ill on Sunday, Aug. 5, and entered the hospital for several medical reasons, but he was stricken with liver failure and was not able to recover.

Memorials may go to Susan B. Allen Dialysis or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6746.

Arrangements by Dunsford-Zeiner Funeral Home, Augusta. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Wednesday, August 15, 2007. Submitted by Diana Herrman)


Henry C. "Hank" "H.C." Leedom, Jr. 71, Augusta, passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, while in the company of family members at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Inpatient Unit, Wichita.

Visitation with family will be from 3 to 5 p.m. this evening at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta, and from 6 to 7 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. tonight at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St. James Catholic Church, Augusta, with Father Michael Shemm officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta.

Mr. Leedom was born on April 23, 1936 in Augusta, the son of Henry and Vera "Dovel" Leedom. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1954. He was a veteran of the United States Marines and a retired tool and die maker with Boeing of Wichita.

He is survived by: his wife, Dorothy (Spencer) Leedom; three daughters and their husbands, Barbara Anne and George Gullett of Memphis, Tenn., Janet Marie and Mike McDougald of Wichita, and Stacy Leigh and Christopher Sanders of Augusta; brother, Melvin Dean Leedom of New Mexico; sister, Barbara Elaine Poirer of Morriston, Colo.; grandchildren, Amy, Chris, Kelly, Kara, Courtney, and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Autumn and Corwin.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, a son, Scott Leedom; brother, Donald Eugene Leedom; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Trisha; great-grandchild, Hailey.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

Arrangements by Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Monday, August 13, 2007. Submitted by Diana Herrman)


Ron Murphy, 58, Augusta, former security guard, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007.

Memorial gathering for friends to share memories from 2:30 until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta.

He is survived by his brothers, Elwyn of Augusta, and Raymond and a sister, Darlene Johnson of Augusta.

Arrangements by Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. (Augusta Daily Gazette, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Submitted by Diana Herrman)


Mrs. J. C. Daniel (Bess Hardy) of Seattle, Wash., a former El Doradoan, died Thursday in a Seattle hospital following a lengthy illness.

Services and burial will take place Monday at Seattle.

She is survived by her husband - widely known as "Slim" - who was employed in the post office here before the couple moved to Seattle in 1941.

Mrs. F. M. Johnson, of 938 West Third is a niece of Mr. Daniel. (El Dorado Times, November 2, 1973)


Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Dietz Colonial Chapel at El Dorado for Mrs. Guy (Josephine) Day, 78, who died Thursday at the Allen Memorial Hospital at El Dorado. Rosary will be said at the Chapel at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

She was born in rural Potwin on Dec. 16, 1894, the daughter of Thomas David and Eliza (Beard) Edwards. She was married to Guy Day. He preceded her in death in 1967.

She was a member of St. John's Catholic church.

Survivors include a son, Tom E. Day, of El Dorado and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Guthrie, formerly of Leon and now residing at the Mid-American Nursing center at El Dorado. (El Dorado Times, November 1973)


Charles e. Doerflinger, 88, 307 North Taylor street, died this (Saturday) morning at Allen Memorial hospital. He had been in failing health the past six months.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Dietz Colonial Chapel. Interment will be at Sunset Lawns cemetery.

A resident of El Dorado since 1926, he was born at Ree Heights, South Dakota, Sept. 18, 1885. He came here from Nowata, Okla.

On Jan. 25, 1926 he was married to Mary Ellen Thompson at Independence, Kansas. She survives him.

During his working years, he engaged in farming and retired in 1958.

He was a member of the First Christian church and the men's Fellowship class of the church.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Maynard Weber, of Hays; one stepson, Merle Thompson, 725 South Topeka street, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Dale Marzolf, of Ottawa, one brother, John Doerflinger, Nowata; one sister, Mrs. Lorinda bates, Vinita, Okla.; four grandchildren, one great granddaughter; four step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Wendell and Neal Thompson, six brothers and one sister. (El Dorado Times, November 3, 1973)


Nina M. (Mrs. Tony) Dolbow, 77, of Wichita, died Saturday.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday at the Broadway Mortuary at Wichita.

Survivors are two sons, Don H. of Wichita and Darel R. of Douglass; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Marsalis of Wichita, and two sisters, Mrs. Fern Hamilton of Isabel and Mrs. Fairy Hatfield of Wichita. (El Dorado Times, Monday, April 18, 1977)


John Joseph Doyle, Jr., 71, Benedict, died Sunday at Fredonia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel in Augusta. Interment will follow at Brownlow Cemetery, near Leon.

Born April 5, 1902 at Green Bay, Wisc., he married the former Opal Kay Semisch on March 4, 1933 at Wichita. She survives him. He was a member of the Independent order of Foresters.

Survivors include three brothers, Tom of Wichita, Dan of Benedict and Burt of Claflin, Kan., five sisters, Mrs. H. e. Prigmore of Leon, Mrs. Grace Davis of Wichita, Mrs. Madge Edwards of Augusta, Mrs. Rose Larrick of Overland Park and Mrs. Catherine Scott of Augusta. Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta, has charge of the arrangements. (El Dorado times, November 13, 1973)


Services for Paul W. Graham, 61, of 111 North Washington, who died April 13, were held Saturday morning at the Grace Lutheran Church with burial in Sunset Lawns Cemetery.

The Rev. Luther Teuscher officiated and Mrs. Pauline Sitz was the organist.

Casket bearers were Robert L. Miller, Vern L. Goodman, Charles E. Woods, Dr. George Campbell, Perry Powers and Don Lawrence.

Honorary bearers were Renden Eastham, Paul Hawkins, Page Benson, Glenn Dawson, Bob Zebold, George Bacon, Clifford W. Stone, Glenn Tarrant, Bill Vernon and Ron McGraw.

Ushers were Galen Blackmore, Dean Roedel and Don Rader.

Kirby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Monday, April 18, 1977)


Frances Y. (Mrs. Elmer) Gruber, 77, of Newark, Ohio, a former Coffeyville resident died Thursday.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Restlawn Memorial Park cemetery at Coffeyville.

Survivors are four sons, Herman of Augusta, Harold of Woodstock, Va., Carl of Altamont and Robert of Utica, Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Alberta Johnson of Broken Arrow, Okla., Mrs. Alene Boyles of Wichita, Mrs. Nettie Day of Rantoul, Ill., Mrs. Vivian Prather of New Albany, Ohio, Mrs. Betty Oiler of Newark, three brothers, Cecil Nance of Springfield, Ill., William Nance of Tower Hill, Ill., and Orville Nance of Taylorville, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Turnbull of Chico, Calif.

Ford Funeral service of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements. (El Dorado Times, April 18, 1977)


Carl Mason Sr., 59, of Independence, died Thursday, June 9, 1994. Double services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Quinn Chapel A. M. E. church.

Survivors include son Carl Jr. of El Dorado, stepsons Windell Morgan of Quimby, Iowa, Charles Morgan of Collinsville, Okla., Richard Morgan of Pittsburg, La Ron Morgan of Dillon, Mont.; stepdaughters, Linda Henderson of Independence, Luevertha Morgan of Pittsburg, Lashorn Morgan of Pittsburg, Leslie Morgan of Florence, S. C., brother, Troy Wilson of Stockton, Calif., sister, Shirley of Muskogee, Okla. 13 grandchildren. Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado times, Jun 17, 1994)


Mary Mason, 53, of Independence, homemaker died Thursday, June 9, 1994. Double services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include: sons, Windell Morgan of Quimby, Iowa, Charles Morgan of Collinsville, Okla., Richard Morgan of Pittsburg, La Ron Morgan of Dillon, Mont.; stepson Carl Mason Jr. of El Dorado, daughters, Linda Henderson of Independence, Luevertha Morgan of Pittsburg, Lasharn Morgan of Pittsburg, Leslie Morgan of Florence, S. C., brothers, Johnny Cole of Dallas, J. C. Rogers of Greenville, Texas., Johnny Hawkins of Garland, Texas, sisters, Leole Brooks of San Jose, Calif., Polly Hall of Phoenix, Carolyn Champion of Greenville, Texas; 13 grandchildren. Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, June 17, 1994)


Richard C. Masters, 80, of Wichita, retired Beech Aircraft hydraulic engineer, died Tuesday, July 19, 1994. Services are pending.

Survivors include: wife, Hazel, sons, Richard of California, Jim, Donald, both of Argonia, Bill, Bob, both of Wichita, daughters, Norma Williamson, Connie Webster, both of Marshfield, Mo., brothers, Robert of Corpus Christi, Texas, Walter of Wichita, John of New Jersey, sisters, Olive Clark, of Arkansas City, Mary Leigh of El Dorado, 40 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. (El Dorado Times, July 20, 1994)


Evelyn Marie Mayfield, 65 of Augusta, died Sunday, January 30, 1994. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Dunsford Funeral Home.

She was born May 8, 1928, in Wichita, to Floyd Mauk and Pearl Brown. In August 1950 she and Paul Mayfield were married. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include son, Larry of Augusta, daughter, Sharon Coots of Lyndon, Wash., brothers, Dick Mauk, Jim Mauk, both of California, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jean.

Memorials are to the American Heart Association. (El Dorado Times, Feb. 2, 1994)


Services for Christine Mays were held Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1994 at the New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. Burial followed at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Wadswroth.

She passed away Nov. 30, 1994 in Vancouver, Wash., at the age of 82.

Those attending the services from El Dorado were her son, Earl E. Mays Sr., grandsons, Earl Jr., DeAndre, Antwan; daughter in law Mary Mays, granddaughter, Mariauna. (El Dorado Times, Dec. 12, 1994)


Verne L. Meeks, 41, of Leon, died Friday, June 10, 1994 at Halstead Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Okla.

He was born may 26, 1953, in Bartlesville, Okla., the son of Lowell and Shirley Ann Lair Meeks and had lived in the area since 1987.

Survivors include: aunt, Hazel Cecil of Leon. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are to Friendship Manor Training Center in Haven. (El Dorado Times, June 17, 1994)


Vivian M. Melugin, 78, of Winfield, formerly of Maple city, homemaker, died Wednesday, June 8, 1994. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Maple City Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 23, 1916 on a farm near Perry, Okla., to Ira and Minnie Ash Lovell. On Jan. 1, 1935, she and Robert D. Melugin were married in Noble County, Okla. and they farmed near Maple City for 44 years. She moved in Winfield in 1991 and was a member of the Maple City Community Church.

Survivors include: husband, Robert, sons, Rev. Ray Melugin of Grove, Okla., Charles of El Dorado, Rev. Leon Melugin of Edmond, Okla., daughters, Marie Tackett of Winfield, Lorene Anderson of Moran, sisters, Doris Heppler of Perry, Okla., Fannie Powell of Cat Springs, Texas 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Otis, Foster, and William and sisters, Thelma, Ochle and Opal.

Memorials are to Maple City Community Church. (El Dorado Times, June 10, 1994)


Deena S. Miller, 36, of Liberal, formerly of El Dorado, died Wednesday evening Feb. 9, 1994 at the Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian church in El Dorado.

She was born April 1, 1957 in Wichita to Glenn L. and Letha G. Griffith Corfman. She graduated cum laude from El Dorado high school in 1975 and from Tabor College with degrees in business administration and accounting. She was an all conference volleyball player while at Tabor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Liberal.

On June 5, 1976 she and Chris Miller were married in El Dorado. She moved to Liberal in 1985 and was employed at National Beef Packing in the accounting department.

Survivors include: husband, Chris, son, Devin, daughter, Denita, both at home, parents, Glenn and Letha Corfman of El Dorado, sister, Debra Johnson of Augusta.

Memorials are to the Deena S. Miller Volleyball Scholarship Memorial Fund, Tabor College, 400 S. Jefferson, Hillsboro, Kan. 67063. Miller Mortuary in Liberal has the arrangements. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Feb. 11, 1994)


Margaret Burker, Miller, 77, formerly of Eureka, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1994 at the Newton Medical Center in Newton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Campbell-Kelly Funeral Home in Eureka with Reverend Ron Guengrich of Hesston officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka.

She was born Sept. 9, 1917 in Greenwood County, the daughter of James and Ethel May (Durham) Burke. She was raised in Greenwood County and a graduate of Eureka High School. She graduated from Wichita School of Nursing in 1938 and worked as a nurse in Wichita and Topeka before retirement in 1980. She returned to Eureka and lived there until moving to Hesston this year. She was a member of the Christian-Congregational Church of Eureka.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan Boyer of Hesston; a brother, James Burke of Grand Junction, Colo., three step brothers, Paul Durham of Bartlesville, Okla., Carl Durham of Brea, Calif., and Leon Durham of New Mexico; one step sister, Pauline Simone of El Dorado Springs, Mo., two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters.

A memorial has been established with the Skilled Nursing Unit of Newton Medical Center, Campbell-Kelly Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, November 3, 1994)


Marilyn Kay (Hilyard) Miller, 45, of Woodward, Okla., died Saturday, Nov. 12, 1994 at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Woodward. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. in Stafford (Kan.) Cemetery.

Marilyn was born Jan. 9, 1949 in Stafford, the daughter of Clarence and Nadine (Carson) Hilyard and grew up in Arkansas City where she graduated from high school. She moved to Woodward, Okla., in 1974 and was owner of Marilyn's Style Shop. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Woodward.

Survivors include: sons, Dallas of Edmond, Okla., Alex of Woodward, daughter, Brooke Andrews of Woodward; father Clarence "White" Hilyard of El Dorado, brother, Mark Hilyard of Ponca City, Okla., sisters, Jann Ziegler of El Dorado, Sue Johnson of Wichita, stepsister, Elissa Hilyard of Tampa, Fla., one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Memorials are to an education fund established for the children. Kirby Morris Funeral home has the arrangements. Visitation will be held Tuesday at Billings Funeral Home in Woodward. (El Dorado times, Nov. 14, 1994)


ESSEX: Died, at his home in Douglas, Saturday, November 8, at 1:30 p.m., Jesse Essex, aged 49 years. He was sick for only a short time. Saturday he was taken with an attack of congestion of the lungs, an abscess broke and he died within a few minutes sitting in a chair. He was born at Zionsville, Indiana, November 7th, 1851. He came to Kansas twenty years ago and located on a farm near LeRoy. Ten years ago he moved to Yates Center and entered the hotel business, in which he afterwards engaged at Eureka and later came to El Dorado, where he had charge of the Windsor Hotel for five years. About two years ago he moved to Douglass and entered the hotel business there as proprietor of the Occidental. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Anna and Jessie, and three sons, John, Ode and Walter. He was brought to El Dorado on the afternoon Santa Fe and taken to Eureka for burial on the 3:35 Mo. P. (Walnut Valley Times, Nov. 9, 1900)


HOLLINSHEAD: died, July 18, George F. Hollinshead, aged 87 years. Deceased was born in Cambden, New Jersey, and in childhood moved with his parents as pioneers to Preble County, Ohio. There he was married and lived until 16 years ago when he came to Butler County, residing with his children here, F. R.Hollinshead and Misses M. B. and B. B. Hollinshead. His wife died 37 years ago and he has been ever true to her memory. He was a Quaker, the Friends church as are all the members of his immediate family and died in the faith as he had lived it so many years. He was a good man - what more can be said? He has been in poor and failing health for 11 years past. Tuesday morning he had to be assisted to his bed when he fell asleep, so remaining until this morning he ceased to breathe and received the boon so long denied - rest. The funeral occurs from the home of F. B. Hollinshead on Farmer street tomorrow, Saturday, at 8 a.m. (Walnut Valley Times, July 20,1900)


L. Inez Bing, 96, of Augusta and formerly of rural Latham, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 at Lakepoint of Augusta.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home. Interment will follow the funeral in Latham Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 30, 1910 in rural Latham, two miles south of Keighley, the daughter of James and Effie (Hardy) Eastin. On April 29, 1930, Inez and Clyde Herbert Bing were united in marriage in El Dorado. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1994. They lived on a farm near Latham from 1949 until they moved to Augusta in 1992. Inez was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Keighley Club.

Survivors include: a son, Duane Bing and wife Martha of Enterprise; a daughter, Joan Price and husband Henry of Beeville, Texas; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Don; four brothers; and seven sisters.

Friends may call at Carlson Funeral Home, which has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, Sept. 17, 2007)


C. Marie Collins, 80, of El Dorado, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sunset Lawns Cemetery.

She was born March 9, 1927 at Piedmont, the daughter of John Arthur and Martha Lois (Osbron) Philipi. She had made her home in El Dorado since 1951. Marie was an LPN at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital for many years.

On May 13, 1945, Marie and Philip E. Collins were united in marriage in Eureka. He died on June 14, 1974.

Survivors include: a son, Monty Collins and wife Brenda of El Dorado; a daughter, Randy Solis and husband Fred of El Dorado; a brother, Joe Art Philipi of El Dorado; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her companion, Orville "Pete" Hutson.

Memorials may be made in her memory for Susan B. Allen Hospital Auxiliary in care of Carlson Funeral Home, which has the arrangements.

Friends may send condolences to www.carlsoncolonial.com (El Dorado Times, September 17, 2007)


Rolland Gene Griffith 24, of El Dorado died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 in a work zone crash in Douglas County.

Celebration of his Life will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Potwin Christian Church. Interment will follow at Walnut Valley Cemetery.

Rolland was born Sept. 16, 1982 in Wichita, the son of Mark and Kaylene (Baker) Griffith. He lived in California for 19 years before moving back to El Dorado on July 18, 2006. Rolland was united in marriage to Melissa Price on June 29, 2003 in Reno, Nevada. He was a roller operator for Dustrol Inc. Rolland loved being around his family, fishing, hunting, working on cars, video games and baseball.

Survivors include: his wife, Melissa of the home; parents, Mark and Kaylene Griffith of El Dorado; brothers, Mark and his wife Melissa Griffith of Leon and Justin Griffith of El Dorado; sisters, Becky Jeska of Marysville, Calif., and Marie Simpson of Reading Calif.; nephews, Daniel and Ryan Jeska and Dakota Simpson; nieces, Andrea Odem and Hailee Coleman; eight aunts; three uncles; 41 cousins; and a multitude of great-nieces and nephews, friends and wonderful co-workers.

He was preceded in death by three infant children; grandparents, Christine and Ellsworth Baker and Iona and Bill Griffith; one aunt; and one uncle

A memorial has been established with the El Dorado Animal Clinic and the Griffith family assistance fund with any Bank of America. Contributions may be left with the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com. (El Dorado Times, September 13, 2007)


Lois M. Julius, of Salina, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007.

Services were held at 11 a.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Salina, with Rev. Kent Happel officiating. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery in Lindsborg.

She was born Lois M. Hawk on Oct. 24, 1930 in Lindsborg, the daughter of Ralph D. and Leona (Youngquist) Hawk. She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper for Heusner Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Julius in 1997.

Survivors include: two daughters, Diane Anderson and husband Bryan of Salina and Sharon Hays of El Dorado; a brother, Don Hawk and wife Maj-Britt of Lindsborg; and five grandchildren, Lisa Sankey and husband Eric of Salina, Peter Anderson and fiancé Katy of Wichita and Emily, James and Thomas Hays, all of El Dorado.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Ryan Mortuary and Crematory in Salina has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, September 17, 2007)


Joseph T. Lill, 78, of El Dorado, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospital in Wichita.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at Walnut Valley Memorial Park in El Dorado.

He was born July 18, 1929 in El Dorado, the son of Ralph and Avril (Barnhill) Lill. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1947, later graduating from Butler County Junior College. He served in the United States Army as a tank mechanic stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

Joe was employed by Skelly, Getty, Texaco Refinery for 44 years, retiring in July of 1994. He was a member of the Towanda United Methodist Church; Texaco Retirees; the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Labor Union #241; and was a life member of the El Dorado American Legion Post No. 81. He also helped establish the Butler County Rural Water District #7.

On Aug. 5, 1955, he was married to Wilma M. Varner in Towanda. She survives. To this union were four children, Curtis Lill and his wife Amy of El Dorado, Mary Jo Berger and her husband Luin of Waterville, Dan Lill of Topeka and John Lill of Manhattan.

Other survivors include: his brother, Jim Lill and wife Gene of El Dorado; sister, Ruth Griswold and husband Norman of Pleasant Dale, Neb.; and seven grandchildren, Lucas Lill, Emily Bentz and husband Jed, Lana, Lane and Levi Berger, and Jeff and Chandler Lill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Lance Berger.

Memorials may be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or to the Towanda United Methodist Church, in care of Carlson Funeral Home. (El Dorado Times, September 11, 2007)


Edwin G. Spangler, 77, of Burns, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Burns, with Pastor Jim Bush officiating. Burial will be at the Burns Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

Edwin was born July 24, 1930 in Kingman, the son of Eddie B. and Mary L. (Kemper) Spangler. He worked as a carpenter.

He was first married to Carol Blanck. Following that marriage, he was married to Suzi Russell. Later, he was married to Rebecca Watson. He belonged to the DAV.

Edwin served in the Air Force and worked for Boeing, traveling around to various locations to work on aircraft modifications. He enjoyed wood-working, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by: his wife, Rebecca Spangler of Burns; daughters, Debbie Johnson of Andover, Mary (Joe) Myers of Burns and Linda (Ed, Jr.) Robinson of Florence; a brother, Bill Spangler of Burns; a sister, Nancy Sprague of Newton; five grandchildren; seven grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Burns. Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion has the arrangements. (El Dorado Times, September 11, 2007)


On Sept. 7, 2007, H. Russell "Russ" Smith peacefully began his "New Adventure" holding the hand of God.

Services for will be held on 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

Born on Jan. 28, 1921 to Edna Lucas and H. Russell Smith, Sr. on a working oil lease in Ranger, Texas. He grew up in El Dorado and graduated from El Dorado High School where he excelled in track, band, Boy Scouts and making lifelong friends. While enrolled in college, WWII began and he chose to volunteer for the U.S. Navy Pilot training program. Upon graduating with his "Wings of Gold" he was assigned to VF 12 (Fighter Group). His squadron was selected to test fly the F4U Corsair including carrier qualifications.

Upon completion of this duty his group was assigned to the CV3 Saratoga and saw continuous action in the South Pacific for two years. Smith remained in the USN Reserves for nearly 40 years and retired as a Full Commander on January 28, 1981. Following the war, he made full circle by returning to the oil fields with Franklin Oil Supply Company, He quickly rose through the ranks of the company by opening offices in Oklahoma City, Caraca, Venezuela, Odessa, and finally Tulsa, where he retired as Senior Vice President, Executive Sales, on January 28, 1983. Throughout his life, Russ was always drawn to the ranching life and continuously helped run the Walnut Valley Angus farms near Leon, Kansas along with his mother, Edna and his step dad, Byron Hall. His skills in accounting along with his love of the outdoors assisted in the growth of the Walnut Valley Angus Farms to become on the largest cattle ranches in Kansas. Russ and Arlis, his wife, moved to the Lake Mannford area and later to Jenks, Oklahoma where they made numerous friends and were active in the Methodist Church. Russ was known to have an unbridled love of life, enthusiasm, compassion and the ability to mentor people in his church. He was also blessed to be part of a group of men who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing throughout the years and he looked forward to sharing those special times. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, J.P. and Mary Lucas, his mother, Edna Lucas Hall, his step father, Byron L. Hall and his brother, Floyd Lee Smith.

Smith is survived by his wife, Arlis; his two sons and their wives, Roger Byron (Laura Swegler) Smith and Warren Lee (Sherry) Smith; five grandchildren and their spouses, Lee Smith of Kentucky, Meredyth Smith of California, Jaclyn (Mark Richardson) Smith of Washington, Jody (Lisa) Smith of Arizona, and Victoria Smith of Texas; and one great grandchild, Gunnar Russell Smith of Arizona. He also leave three brother-in-laws and two sister-in-laws, Cecil Blaine of Texas, Victor and Arlene Terbush of Oklahoma and Al and Reeta Avery of Oklahoma, plus loving relatives and lifelong friends.

His love of God, family, of life and of aviation sum up his life. (El Dorado Times, September 11, 2007)


Marvin Wayne Zukel, 58, of Tonganoxie, died Sept. 12, 2007 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th Street, KCK. Interment will follow in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Marvin was born July 22, 1949 in KCK, the son of Alexander Hilary and Betty Elaine ( Burton ) Zukel.

A long time area resident, returning recently from El Dorado, he was a rural carrier and a union steward for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 2006.

He had also worked for Wyandotte, Colo., Parks as a park ranger, for Piper Lake Club as a life guard and Cabana boy, and for Wyandotte, Colo., Sheriffs Department as a constable. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, camping, gardening and remodeling. He was a craftsman of many trades.

He valued time spent with family, and his most cherished accomplishment was finding the love of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Betty Zukel, and a step-son, David Scheer.

Survivors include his wife Kathy of four years; sisters, Dianna Showalter and husband Terry, Kim Schielz and husband Greg and Tammy Hankins and husband Max; five children, Jackie Mickelson, Jennie Huntsman, Lance Zukel, Corina Zukel and Grant Zukel and wife Jessica; four step-daughters, Christina Scheer, Beverly Scheer, Lisa Schwiezer and husband Rodney and Theresa Scheer; and 20 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 913-334-3366. www.MeM.com. (El Dorado Times, September 13, 2007)


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