Lyon County, Kansas

Obituaries

ADAMS, ELBERT ARNOLD "IKE"

Services for Elbert Arnold "Ike" Adams, 78, Emporia, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, southwest of Olpe, with military graveside services by Lowry-Funston Post No. 1980 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ball McColm Post No. 5 of the American Legion.

Mr. Adams died Saturday, June 15, 1996, at Newman Hospital in Emporia.

He was born Feb. 12, 1996, in DeSoto, the son of Samuel and Lillian Alcorn Adams. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Harold J. Murphy.

He owned and operated Juan's Cook Shack, Fred's Derby, Mitway Cafe and the cafe in the Emporia Bus Depot.

Mr. Adams was a member and elder of Messiah Lutheran Church. He was also a member of Lutheran Laymen's League, Gideons International and Lyon County Historical Society. He assisted with the Emporia Literacy Program and was a veteran of the Army Air Corps.

He married Elizabeth Sue "Cox on May 28, 1939, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Mike; a daughter, Carol Sedore; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church or Gideon International Bible Fund.

Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia, is in charge of arrangements.

(Lawrence Journal-World (KS) ~ June 18, 1996)

ADAMS, ELIZABETH SUE "BETTY"

Elizabeth Sue "Betty" Adams, 82, of 629 Walnut St. died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at Newman Regional Health.

Mrs. Adams operated the Mitway Cafe, Fred's Derby Restaurant and the Trailways Bus Depot, where she was agent for 16 years. She and her husband, "Ike" Adams, lived in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Sue Cox, the daughter of Elmer Earl and Edna May Stockwell Cox, was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Lawrence. She married Elbert A. "Ike" Adams on May 28, 1939, in Lawrence. He died June 15, 1996.

Mrs. Adams was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and the church Dorcas Circle and Ushers Assembly. She also was a Sunday school teacher and weekday teacher. She was a member of the Gideon Society Auxiliary and a teacher in the volunteer reading program in Emporia.

She is survived by a son, Michael D. Adams of Wichita; a daughter, Carol Sedore of Elmira, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

Two brothers, Elmer Robert Cox and Joseph J. Cox, died earlier.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, southwest of Olpe. The family will meet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the church may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 29 Dec 2003)

BELL, JAMES T. "J.T."

Bell, James T. "J.T.,"
53, retired Don Jones Trucking Co. driver, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998. Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Survivors: wife, Marsha; son, Patrick of Rosehill, Ind.; daughters, Kimberly Johnston of Abilene, Kelly Peterson of Garden City; mother, Beatrice Bell of Warrensburg, Mo.; brothers, Joseph of Olpe, Larry of Warrensburg, David of Higginsville, Mo.; sisters, Carolyn Green, Joslyn Crank, both of Warrensburg; three grandchildren.

(Wichita Eagle ~ 6 Oct 1998)

BOWDEN, TRENT

Bowden, Trent Lee, 31, W.A. Moyer Co. computer engineer, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997. Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: parents, Wesley and Kathryn Bowden, twin brother, Tracy, grandparents, Leon Wesley and Marjorie Bowden, Dema Schmidt, all of Emporia. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church Elsie and Melvin Schmidt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 14 Aug 1997)

CASTEEL, DAVID ASA

David Asa Casteel, 64, of rural Emporia, formerly of Olpe, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at Newman Regional Health.

Mr. Casteel worked in the assembly department at Didde Glaser Web Press for more than 20 years before he retired in the late 1990s.

The son of George and Katherine Mayes Casteel, he was born May 11, 1940, in Buffalo. He married Genevieve England on Dec. 30, 1961, in Emporia. She survives.

Mr. Casteel was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.

He is also survived by two daughters, Kathy Casteel of the home and Sharron Isch of Olpe; his father, who lives in El Dorado; two brothers, Edward Casteel of Clearwater and Steve Casteel of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His mother and a brother, Gary George Casteel, died earlier.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Olpe. The family will meet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to Hetlinger Developmental Services or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 10 Jan 2005)

CISNEROS, RICHARD "TOM"

Cisneros, Richard "Tom," 43, Iowa Beef Processors employee, died Friday, Aug. 11, 1995. Service 2 p.m. Monday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Kathy; son, Travis, daughters, Amanda, Amber, all at home; parents, Felix and Faye Cisneros of Emporia; brothers, Felix of Shawnee, Robert, Phillip, both of Emporia; sisters, Mary Tabares, Rachel Rodriguez, both of Emporia. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 13 Aug 1995)

DEYE, REV. ARMIN ULFERT

EMPORIA -
Deye, Rev. Armin Ulfert, 92, died Jan. 26, 2006. Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church. Survivors: wife, Gladys; children, Harold Deye, Dorothy Snow, Kathryn Riemer, Donald Deye, Carol Russel; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 28 Jan 2006)

FARR, BETTY JANE

Farr, Betty Jane, 67, homemaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: husband, Eugene; sons, Melvin of Oceanside, Calif., Michael, Gene both of Emporia; daughters, Carolyn Nomura, Sharon Mayers, JoAnn Cuadra all of Emporia; brothers, Ray Vogts of Olpe, Marvin Vogts of Rosalia; sister, Ella Lawson of Emporia; nephew, David Overturf of Ft. Worth, whom she raised; 11 grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Emporia Friends of the Zoo. Roberts-Blue- Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 13 Jan 2000)

FOERSTER, EDNA ANNA (VOGTS)

Edna Anna (Vogts) Foerster, 73, homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1991. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia.

Survivors: husband, John Fred; daughters, Helen L. Hollis of Madison, Shirley Arnold of Gridley; brothers, Ernest and Milford Vogts, both of Madison, Ray Lee Vogts of Olpe, Marvin Vogts of Rosalia; sisters, Ella Lawson of Emporia, Betty Farr of Girard, Mo., Lillie Pohl of Madison; three grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Lutheran Hour.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 19 Nov 1991)

FOERSTER, JOHN FRED

Foerster, John Fred, 80, retired French Oil Co. oil field worker, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996. Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia.

Survivors: daughters, Helen Hollis of Madison, Shirley Arnold of Gridley; brother, Walter of California; sister, Minnie Hitzeman of Emporia; two grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington, and Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Olpe.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 2 Jan 1997)

GRAMKE, AMANDA HERMINA

Gramke, Amanda Hermina, 102, retired farmer, died Monday, May 25, 1998. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: sister, Lorena Gramke of Emporia. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 26 May 1998)

GRAMKE, LORENA

Lorena Gramke
, 97, formerly of 17 Congress St., died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at the Emporia Rehabilitation Center.

Miss Gramke farmed for 21 years before she retired.

The daughter of Herman and Bertha Ahrendt Gramke, she was born April 1, 1907, in Lyon County.

Miss Gramke was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Four brothers, William Gramke, Herman Gramke, Albert Gramke and Fred Gramke; and three sisters, Erna Cleemer, Amanda Gramke and Ella Gramke, died earlier.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Olpe. The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to Messiah Lutheran Church or Faith Lutheran Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 3 Jan 2005)

HINRICHS, DANIEL W.

Hinrichs, Daniel W., 37, Dolly Madison Cake Co. of Emporia truck driver, died Friday, April 29, 1994. Service 2 p.m. Monday, Wilson Funeral Home.

Survivors: wife, Andrea; sons, Tyler, Jeremy, both of the home; parents, Martin and Frieda of Lamont, Kan.; brother, David of Emporia; sisters, Gail Barham of Lawton, Okla., Lena Jane Wells of Mount Olive, N.C.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 1 May 1994)

HINRICHS, FRIEDA V.

Hinrichs, Frieda V., 66, homemaker, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1996. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: husband, Martin; son, David of Emporia; daughters, Gail Barham of Wuerzburg, Germany, Lena Jane Wells of Mount Olive, N.C.; brother, Paul Meyer of Madison; sisters, Mabel Meyer of Garnett, Dorothy Shade of Olpe, Bernice Gunkel, Arlene Wallace, both of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; eight grandchi ldren. Memorial has been established with the Messiah Lutheran Church Building Fund. Wilson Funeral Home. Madison.

(Wichita Eagle ~ 2 Feb 1996)

HINRICHS, GERHARD H. "GAY"

Hinrichs, Gerhard H. "Gay," 88, retired farmer, carpenter and former Braums Dairy and J.D. Miller employee, died Monday, June 28, 1999. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Lydia; sons, Garry of Tuttle, Okla., Delbert of Okarche, Okla.; daughter, Karen, brother, Raymon, both of Emporia; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

(Wichita Eagle ~ 30 Jun 1999)

HINRICHS, MARTIN GERHARDT

LAMONT -
Hinrichs, Martin Gerhardt, 82, died April 1, 2006. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday, Messiah Luthern Church, Emporia, KS. Survivors: son, David; daughters, Gail Barham & Lena Jane Wells; brothers, Wilbert & Warren; sisters, Ella Vogts & Josephine Vogts; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 4 Apr 2006)

HINRICHS, RAYMON H.

Raymon H. Hinrichs
, 80, was found dead Thursday, March 4, 2004, at his home, 218 S. Exchange St.

The funeral, conducted by the Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, southwest of Olpe.

The son of Claus and Lena Mae Johnson Hinrichs, he was born April 18, 1923, in Olpe. He married Ruth Lucille Vogts on June 9, 1946, in Olpe. She died Nov. 1, 1989.

Mr. Hinrichs, who had worked for Braum's Dairy and the Lyon County Road & Bridge Department, had retired 15 years ago. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and an active member of the Emporia Senior Center.

His survivors include a daughter, Kathy Cisneros; two sons, David Hinrichs and Larry Hinrichs; and Ricky Hinrichs, a nephew whom he raised, all of Emporia. Seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

A daughter, Judy Thorp, died in 1982, and Mark Klaus Hinrichs, another nephew he raised, died earlier.

Memorials in her name to Messiah Lutheran Church or the "Lutheran Hour" radio program may be sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

(Emporia Gazette ~ 6 Mar 2004)

HINRICHS, RUTH LUCILLE (VOGTS)

Ruth Lucille (Vogts) Hinrichs, 65, homemaker, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1989. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: husband, Raymon; sons, David, Larry, daughters, Kathy Cisneros, all of Emporia; brothers, Rhinehart Vogts, Ernie Vogts, both of Madison, Melford Vogts, Ray Vogts, both of Olpe, Marvin Vogts of Rosalia; sisters, Lily Pohl, Edna Foerster, both of Madison, Ella Lawson of Emporia, Betty Farr of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; seven grandchildren. Memorials have been established with the Lutheran Hour and Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue- Barnett Funeral Home. Eureka
(Wichita Eagle ~ 2 Nov 1989)

HITZEMAN, MINNIE ANNA

Minnie Anna Hitzeman
, 101, a resident of the Holiday Resort care center, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Newman Regional Health.

Mrs. Hitzeman was a homemaker.

Minnie Anna Foerster, the daughter of Reinhold and Wilhelmina Schmidt Foerster, was born March 29, 1901, at Olpe. She married Emil Herman Hitzeman on March 8, 1919, at Olpe. He died Jan. 25, 1954.

Mrs. Hitzeman was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and, earlier, a member of the former Zion Lutheran Church, which was southwest of Olpe.

She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Lucy of Emporia and Helen Showers and Marcella Corpening, both of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Fred Hitzeman of Emporia; a brother, Walter Foerster of Stanton, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Wilma Simpson; five sisters, Elizabeth, Lydia, Annie, Freda and Martha; and two brothers, Reinhold Foerster and John Foerster, died earlier.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, southwest of Olpe. The family will meet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the church can be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

(Emporia Gazette ~ 10 Dec 2002)

LAWSON, CHARLES C. "CAL", SR.

Charles C. "Cal" Lawson Sr., 60, retired carpenter, died Tuesday. Service 10:30 a.m. today, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Survivors: wife, Ella B.; sons, Charles C. Jr., Russell R., both of Emporia; daughter, Vickie J. Price, brother, Robert, both of Emporia; sister, Maxine Foth of Osage City; six grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 30 Jan 1986)

MEYER, CLAY A.

Meyer, Clay A., 16, Madison High School student, died from injuries received in an automobile accident, Monday, June 27, 1994. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: parents, Jim and Linda Meyer; sisters, Christel of Emporia, Carmen of Madison; grandparents, Paul and Louise Meyer, Wendell and Ruth Mirider, all of Madison. Memorial has been established with the Madison Educational Assistance Fund. Wilson Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 29 Jun 1994)

MEYER, LUCY (KELLER)

Lucy (Keller) Meyer, 90, retired nurse, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1988. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Faith Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: son, Paul of Madison; daughters, Mabel Meyer of Garnett, Dorothy Schade of Olpe, Frieda Hinricks of Madison, Bernice Guthrie of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Arlene Wallace of Miami; brother, Paul of Watertown, Wis.; sister, Anna Wendte of Clay Center; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with the Bethesda Lutheran Home and Faith Lutheran Church in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 26 Jan 1988)

MEYER, PAUL CHRISTOPHER

Meyer, Paul Christopher, 77, farmer and rancher, died Tuesday Oct. 19, 1999. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Louise; sons, James, Douglas both of Madison; daughter, Paulette Cordova of Osage Beach, Mo.; sisters, Mabel Meyer of Garnett, Dorothy Schade of Olpe, Berniece Merkel, Arleen Wallace both of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 21 Oct 1999)

MILLER, ALBERT H.

Emporia -- Services for Albert H. Miller, 84, Emporia, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Emporia with the Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Olpe.

Mr. Miller died Sunday, Nov. 19, 1995, at the Holiday Resort in Emporia.

He was born Aug. 22, 1911, in Home City, the son of Gustave Miller and Grace Comrade Miller.

He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator for Lyon County. He worked 23 years before retiring 19 years ago.

He married Helen J. Vogts on April 16, 1939, near Olpe.

She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Alvin, Emporia; two brothers, Robert Miller, Clay Center, and Richard Miller, Lawrence; and a granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials to the Lutheran Hour or to the Messiah Lutheran Church. Memorials can be sent in care of the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, 605 State, Emporia 66801, which is handing arrangements.
(Lawrence Journal, KS, 20 Nov 1995)

MILLER, HELEN J. VOGTS

Helen J. Miller
, 90, a resident of the Holiday Resort care center since March 2003, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at the center.

Mrs. Miller, who formerly lived at 19 State St., was a homemaker.

The daughter of R.H. "Peter" and Lena Wendte Vogts, she was born Nov. 27, 1913, near Canton. She married Albert H. Miller on April 16, 1939, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Olpe. He died Nov. 19, 1995.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a son, Alvin A. Miller of Emporia; a brother, Alvin Vogts of Olpe; and a granddaughter, Pamela Miller of Emporia.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Olpe. The family will meet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the church or Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 15 Oct 2004)

POHL, DARREL D.

Pohl, Darrel D., 50, printing foreman, died Monday, Nov. 27,1995. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Wilson Funeral Home. Survivors: son, David of Lake Jackson, Texas; daughters, Renee Pohl of Wichita, Jennifer Pohl of St. Joseph, Mo., Roxanna Pohl of Lake Jackson, Texas; stepdaughter, Angela Messerschmidt of Lake Jackson, Texas; father, Harold Pohl of Madison; sisters, Marta Grabtree, Deanna Hall, both of Madison, Lana Wittman of Richman; one grandchild. Memorial has been established with the Messiah Lutheran Building Fund, Emporia.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 29 Nov 1995)

POHL, HAROLD R.

Pohl, Harold R., 78, retired carpenter, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000. Service 1 p.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: daughters, Marla Crabtree, Deanna Pohl both of Madison, Lana Whittman of Richmond; sister, Arlene Magathan of Emporia; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Wilson Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 7 Apr 2000)

POHL, LILLIE MELVA

Pohl, Lillie Melva, 72, homemaker, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 1992. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: husband, Harold; son, Darrel of Madison; daughters, Deanna, Marla Crabtree, both of Madison, Lana Wittman of Richmond; brothers, Ernest Vogts, Milford Vogts, both of Madison, Marvin Vogts of Rosalia, Ray Vogts of Olpe; sisters, Ella Lawson of Emporia, Betty Farr of Missouri; eight grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 22 Aug 1992)

RATHKE, ADOLPH

Adolph Rathke, 81, retired farmer, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1990. Service 1 p.m. Saturday, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia.

Survivors: brothers, Martin of Olpe, Walter of Wichita; sister, Florentina Meyer of Hillsboro. Memorial has been established with the Lutheran Hour Radio Program.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 17 Aug 1990)

RATHKE, BETTY JEAN

Betty Jean Rathke, 82, of Olpe died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Newman Regional Health.

Mrs. Rathke worked at the Olpe State Bank for several years before she retired.

Betty Jean Ambrose, the daughter of Scott and Marjorie Pike Ambrose, was born Jan. 29, 1920, at Kansas City, Mo. She married Martin Rathke on Jan. 29, 1950, at Kansas City, Mo.

Mrs. Rathke was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Nancy Rathke of Emporia; a son, Richard Martin Rathke Sr. of Lacombe, La.; and three grandchildren, Denise Elizabeth Scipione of New Orleans, La. and Joseph Martin Rathke and Richard Martin Rathke Jr., both of Lacombe, La. A son, Ronald Lee Rathke, died in 1952. A brother also died earlier.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Messiah Lutheran Church. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier of the church will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, southwest of Olpe. The family will meet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions to the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University can be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 2 Dec 2002)

RATHKE, J. MARTIN

OLPE - Rathke, J. Martin, 92, died Feb. 26, 2006. Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: daughter, Nancy Rathke; son, Richard Sr.; brother, Walter; sister, Florentina Meyer; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Roberts-Blue-Bar nett Funeral Home, Emporia.
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 3/1/2006.

RITCHIE, CHARLENE ANNETTE

The funeral for
Charlene Annette Ritchie, 52, of Emporia will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Norbert Tegtmeier will conduct the service. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, west of Olpe. The family will meet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family requests that, instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, the Messiah Lutheran Church or the children's education fund and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

Mrs. Ritchie died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at her home.

She was an office assistant I for the law enforcement and investigative section of Kansas Wildlife & Parks.

Charlene Annette Weidner, the daughter of Abraham and Nina Mae Thomas Weidner, was born Feb. 2, 1951, in Emporia. She married Donald R. Ritchie on Jan. 25, 1974, in Emporia. He survives

Mrs. Ritchie was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

She is also survived by a son, John T. Ritchie, and a daughter, Elizabeth A. Ritchie, both at home; her mother of Emporia; and a brother, Charles C. Weidner, and a sister, Jeannette A. Weidner, also of Emporia.

Her father and an infant brother, Abraham Weidner Jr., died earlier.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 25 Jul 2003)

SCHLEICHER, SONDRA J.

Sondra J. Schleicher, 49, homemaker, died Tuesday, May 7, 1991. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: husband, Bruce; daughters, Valorie J. Walker of Orlando, Fla., Connie L. King of Liberty, Mo., Brenda S. of Emporia, Melody A. at home; parents, Robert and Margaret Gustin of Lakeland, Fla.; sisters, Marjorie Kinkel of Bowling Green, Ky., Linda Mulder of Winter Haven, Fla. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 8 May 1991)

SCHMIDT, MELVIN K.

Melvin K. Schmidt, 68, retired auto body mechanic; died Friday, Aug. 2, 1991. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Dema; son, M. Kenneth Jr. of The Colony, Texas; daughter Kathryn S. Bowden of Emporia; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 3 Aug 1991)

SCHROEDER, EVELYN BELLE

Schroeder, Evelyn Belle, 79, homemaker and former Hallmark Cards employee, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: daughters, Judy Blair of Tucson, Barbara Wiersig of Alva, Okla.; three grandchildren; Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 30 Sep 1998)

SCHROEDER, GILBERT R. "GIB"

Schroeder, Gilbert R. "Gib," 55, farmer and Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway employee, died Friday, July 28, 2000. Visitation with family 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia; service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: wife, Elizabeth; sons, Jon of Concordia, Mo., Stanley, Darren both of Olpe; daughters, Dana Davis, Lanne Shayes both of Olpe, Mona Scoggin of Hartford, Starre Cole of Emporia; brother, Lloyd of Hutchinson; sister, Gerry Rees of Emporia; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Messiah Lutheran Church and Hand-in-Hand Hospice, Emporia.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 29 Jul 2000)

SCHROEDER, WALTER WILLIAM "JIM"

Schroeder, Walter William "Jim," 78, farmer, former Globe Battery and Lyon County Rural Electric Association employee, former Madison school district bus driver, died Saturday, July 4, 1998. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Evelyn Belle; daughters, Judy Blair of Tucson, Barbara Wiersig of Alva, Okla.; sister, Anna McGrath of Orangeville, Calif.; three grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Messiah Lutheran Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 8 Jul 1998)

VOGTS, CLARA M.

Vogts, Clara M., 71, retired Frisco Grill employee and former St. Mary's Hospital employee, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: sons, Richard, Terry, Kevin, Kirk, Keith, Edward Wright all of Olpe; daughters, Marsha Bell, Pamela Bjordahl both of Olpe, Cheryl Stutesman of Madison, Jolene Edie of Emporia; brothers, Elmer Mockry of Nogales, Ariz., Ronald Mockry of Derby; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Messiah Lutheran Church and Emporia Friends of the Zoo. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 26 Sep 2000)

VOGTS, ERNEST BENJAMIN "ERNIE"

Vogts, Ernest Benjamin "Ernie," 78, retired farmer/stockman and former oil field worker, died Monday, Sept. 11, 1995. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: wife, Vera; daughters, Ksren Boettcher of Wichita, Janette Keinath of Millington, Mich., Marilyn DeDonder of Wichita; brothers, Marvin of Rosalia, Milderd of Madison, Ray of Olpe; sisters, Ella Lawson of Emporia, Betty Farr of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; four grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Messiah Lutheran Church Building Fund and the Lutheran Hour. Carlson Funeral Home, Emporia.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 12 Sep 1995)

VOGTS, MARY DORIS

Vogts, Mary Doris, 70, formerly of Emporia, retired Dolly Madison production department employee, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996. Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: sons, Karl of Otesgo, Mich., Patrick of Indianola, Iowa, Gregory of Friedburg, Germany; daughters, Sheila Newman, Kathleen Martin, both of Madison, Mary Alice Noone of Wichita; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia, and Madison (Kan.) Manor. Carlson Funeral Home, Emporia.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 1 Jan 1997)

VOGTS, REINHARDT H. "DOC"

Reinhardt H. "Doc" Vogts, 68, retired farmer and Bunge Corp. employee, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1989. Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia.

Survivors: wife, Mary; sons, Karl Peter of Otsego, Mich., Patrick of Indianola, Iowa, Gregory of Frankfurt, W. Germany; daughters, Sheila Newman, Kathleen R. Martin, both of Madison, Mary Alice Noone of Wichita; brothers, Ernest, Milford, both of Madison, Marvin of Rosalia, Ray Lee of Olpe; sisters, Ella Lawson of Emporia, Betty Farr of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Edna Forester, Lilly Pohl, both of Madison; 13 grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Beta Sigma Phi Heart Fund, Emporia. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 10 Nov 1989)

WAGONER-MYERS, DELORES "DEE"

EMPORIA - Wagoner-Myers, Delores "Dee," 56, died Sept. 2, 2006. Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors: daughters, Jessica and Heather Wagoner; stepson, Shawn Myers; brothers, Charles, Lee and Robert Hartman; sisters, Donna Ellis, Shirley Cobb, Betty Davis; numerous nieces and nephews. Roberts-Blue Barnett Funeral Home.
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 9/4/2006.

WEIDNER, NINA MAE

EMPORIA -
Weidner, Nina Mae, 90, retired Nurse Aide at St. Mary's Hospital in Emporia, died Oct. 6, 2006. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Messiah Lutheran Church. Survivors: son, Charles Weidner of Emporia; brother, Leroy Thomas of Emporia; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 7 Oct 2006)