Butler  County,  Kansas


Nabil "Bill" A. Hilal,
59 of Wichita, Kansas, died at his home on Jan. 7, 2008.

Bill was born March 27, 1948 in Aleppo, Syria, the son of Amin and Nuha (Shabshab) Hilal.

He received his master's degree in physics from the American University in Beruit, Lebanon. He came to the United States and received a P.H.D. in theoritical physics from Oklahoma State University.

He was a retired professor, having taught at the university level.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He was a very accomplished musician and photographer.

Surviving family include a cousin, Tomey Shabshab of El Dorado, KS; one sister, Nabila A. Hilal, and an uncle, Shafeck Shabshab, both of Lebanon; and nieces, Rema and Ann Shabshab of El Dorado, KS.

Services will be at the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Burial will follow the services in the Ridgeway Cemetery north of El Dorado, Kansas.

Kirby-Morris Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements.
(El Dorado Times ~ 11 Jan 2008)


BURNS, John "J.C" Hobbs, 71, retired farmer and rancher, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1986. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: wife, Marie; son, John R. of Concordia; daughter, Susan Guzman of Leon; sisters, Muriel DeWitt of El Dorado, Lola Diller of Cassidy, Margie Handle of Burns; four grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.

CARMEN, OKLA. - Stella Copenhaver, 87, homemaker, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1986. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Green Valley Free Methodist Church, west of Carmen.

Survivors: sons, John D. of Chandler, Ariz., Ben F. of Denver; daughters, Dora Swallow of Carmen, Okla., Virginia Schaub of Cleo Springs, Okla., Leo Jean Parker of Wichita; brothers, Earl Stuck, Charles Stuck, both of Aline, Okla.; sister, Rosie of Minnesota; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Memorial has been established with Green Valley Free Methodist Church. Wentworth Mortuary.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 3 Dec 1986)


Hobbs, Marie M.
, 79, homemaker, died Sunday, May 30, 1999. Service 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Carlson Funeral Home.

Survivors: son, John of Springfield, Mo.; daughter, Susan Thompson of Augusta; brother, Fred Davey of Kiowa; sister, Betty Mathena of Sand Springs, Okla.; four grandchildren; five great- grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Temple Baptist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 1 June 1999)


Powers, Perry M. "Perk,"
67, retired carpenter and cabinet maker, died Monday, May 10, 1993. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: wife, Billie; daughters, Cindy Clifton of El Dorado, Cathy Fairbanks of Stillwater, Okla.; brother, Kenneth of El Dorado; three grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Victory in the Valley Volunteer Association, Wichita. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 11 May 1993)


BURNS - Walters, Mazella Mae, 95, homemaker, died Aug. 17, 2004. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Park Avenue Baptist Church. Suvrivors: sons, Carroll Walters and wife, Becky of Burns; daughters, Vivian Ruckert and husband, Hank of Hutchins on, Velda Hodges of Harveyville; sisters, Jocelyn Foster of Augusta, Lucille Ambler of Valley Center; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial established with Park Avenue Baptist Church. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.
Published in the Wichita Eagle from 8/18/2004 - 8/19/2004.


BURNS - Wimberly, Ralph Vernon "Mike," 79, retired Butler Co. Road and Bridge employee, died July 22, 2007. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Trinity United Methodist Church.

Survivors: wife, Ann; sons, Mike, Jeff, Richard Zieman; sisters, Georgia Kennedy, Donna Furr; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 7/24/2007.


Zieman, Vernon "Mike," 85, retired Williams Air Force Base, Apache Junction, Ariz., sanitation department employee, former teacher and insurance salesman, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1993. Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

Survivors: sons, Charles, Richard, both of El Dorado, Michael of Orange Park, Fla.; daughters, Eloise Bruington, Patricia Greer, both of El Dorado, Ann Wimberly of Burns, Judy Stewart of Wichita; brother, Herbert of Miami, Fla.; sisters, Pearl McGee of Grapevine, Texas, Alta Rowe of Wichita, Ruth Knox of Leon, Marianna Wilson of El Dorado, Mae Marsh of Tucson; 25 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Memorial has been established with Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 14 Feb 1993)


Mrs. William G. Pippig, of Augusta, Route 2, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter and son in law Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Arnall, who reside a short distance south of El Dorado.
Mrs. Pippig who was 60 years old, had resided in the El Dorado Community all her life having moved from Lincoln Township to the Augusta community only last March. She was well known here and her death is mourned by scores. The Butler County woman had been in ill health for the past five years but had been seriously ill for only a week.
Mrs. Pippig was born in Lincoln Township on November 12, 1874 and was married at Chelsea on July 15, 1896. She was a member of the Chelsea Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Kenneth of El Dorado, two daughters, Ruth B. Arnall, Route 1, El Dorado, a sister, Mrs. Jake Dalke of Wichita, four brothers, Roy, Route 4, El Dorado, Harve, of Wichita, Oliver of Cassoday and W. F. Hobbs of DeGraff and three grandsons, Eugene and Billy Arnall and Gerald E. Pippig.
Funeral services will be held at the Byrd Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. J. W. Abel, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in the Ridgeway Cemetery, north of El Dorado. (El Dorado Times, May 20, 1935)
Funeral services for Mrs. William G. Pippig, of Augusta, Route 2, who died Saturday at the home of her daughter and son in law Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Arnall of El Dorado were held at the Byrd Funeral Home yesterday afternoon. Rev. J. W. Abel, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. A large group of friends and relatives of the Butler County woman attended the services.
Mr. and Mrs. William Lange sang "The Old Rugged Cross" "Gathering Home and "there is No Disappointment in Heaven." Pallbearers were Dill Marshall, Ward Snyder, Charles B. Grimm, Arthur Thompson, J. H. Shuler and Henry Hoy. Interment was made in the Ridgeway Cemetery. (El Dorado Times, May 22, 1935)


Lewis Abraham Pippig, a resident of Butler County for 65 years, died here early yesterday morning at the age of 87. He had been ill 13 weeks.
Mr. Pippig whose home was at 128 West First, was born at Punxsutawney, PA., on July 8, 1861. He came to this county from Pennsylvania in 1883 and located near DeGraff where he went to work for the late Col. A. C. Ramsey on the Buckeye Ranch. He later became foreman of the ranch and then started farming for himself.
About 1890 Mr. Pippig raced to Oklahoma where he staked a claim when the Indian Territory was opened there. He later returned to Butler County.
Mr. Pippig served on the Cole Creek school board for many years and also was a member of the Lincoln Township board for several terms. He was affiliated with the Christian Church and had been a continuous member of the I. O. O. F. since 1901.
He was married in Butler County to Sarah Ishmael on March 12, 1885, but she died in 1930.
Surviving are a brother, Charles A. Pippig, Fresno, Calif., three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Milbourne, Oswego, Mrs. Emma Marshall, Sutter, Calif., and Miss Anna Pippig, Oswego; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Neukirch, Alva, Okla., and Mrs. Henry Hoy, Cassoday, a son, Herbert K. Pippig, El Dorado; 22 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Byrd Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with Dr. Charles A. Jupin, Pastor of the First Christian Church, in charge. Burial will be in Ridgeway Cemetery. (El Dorado Times, April 11, 1949)
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Byrd Funeral Home for Lewis Abraham Pippig who died here Sunday. Many persons who attended the rites and the large floral display attested to the respect in which Mr. Pippig was held in the El Dorado community.
Dr. Charles A. Jupin, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiated and burial was in Ridgeway Cemetery near DeGraff.
Pallbearers were w. Max Haney, Bert Hall, Herbert Hoy, Donald Hursh, Frank Neukirch and Newton Schuler. Honorary casket bearers included Wallace Cammeron, Charles B. Guinn, Rex Hill, W. M. Lowderman, Robert Miller and E. A. Putnam.
W. C. Lange accompanied by Mrs. Fred Burr, sang "The Last Mile of the Way" and "Sunrise Tomorrow."
Flower bearers were Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Egan. Members of the local I. O. O. F. lodge attended in a group and conducted services at the grave. (El Dorado Times, April 19, 1949)


William G. Pippig, aged 74 years well known resident died suddenly early today at the home of his daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Arnall, Route 1, El Dorado. He was born March 28, 1869 in Pennsylvania and came to Butler County in 1875 when he was six years of age. He had resided in and around El Dorado most of his lifetime, having farmed south of El Dorado, west of Cave Springs, and north of El Dorado. He also lived for two years at Newton.
He was married to Miss Cora Hobbs, July 15, 1896 at Chelsea. Since her death on May 18, 1935, he had made his home with his children. Mr. Pippig was a member of the Methodist Church at Chelsea.
Besides the daughter, Mrs. E. M. Arnall, he is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Arnall and a son, Kenneth Pippig all of the El Dorado community, three sisters, Mrs. R. W. Milbourn and Miss Margaret Ann Pippig both of Oswego and Mrs. Bert Marshall, residing in Oregon; and two brothers, C. A. Pippig, of Fresno, Calif., and L. A. Pippig of El Dorado and three grandchildren.
Tentative plans are to hold the funeral services Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Byrd Funeral Home. (El Dorado Times, January 20, 1944)
Funeral services for William G. Pippig, retired farmer, who died suddenly, Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. M. Arnall, south of El Dorado, were held Saturday afternoon at the Byrd Funeral Home. Rev. Alvin W. Murray, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was made in the Ridgeway Cemetery, near DeGraff.
The following persons were pallbearers: Ward Snyder, Will Auer, Charles B. Guinn, Roy Hobbs, Earl Hodges and J. H. Schuler. Mrs. Roy Morris and Mrs. Ed Detwiler sang two duets, "Old Rugged Cross," and "Goodnight Here and Good Morning Up There."
Honorary pallbearers included: J. A. Milbourn, P. T. Buchanan, G. H. Faulconer, T. P. Mannion, Henry Hoy, R. C. Jones and Henry Pugh. (El Dorado Times, January 24, 1944)


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