Rice County



Ardis G. Smith, 87, died May 8, 2005, at Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson. She was born Oct. 30, 1917, at Little River, the daughter of Samuel and Wilma O'Brien Deal. She was a 1936 graduate of Little River High School. A lifetime Little River resident, she worked for Mutual Telephone Co. for 50 years as a switchboard operator and in the office. She belonged to Congregational United Church of Christ, Friendly Neighbors and Senior Center all at Little River. She married Jessie Jay Smith. They later divorced. Survivors include: a daughter Vickie Bornholdt and her husband, Larry, Buhler; a granddaughter, Gretchen Davis and her husband Brad, Hutchinson; and two great grandchildren, Zach and Brooke Davis. Funeral was Thursday, May 12, at Congregational United Church of Christ, Little River, with Pastor Ted Weis presideing, burial was in Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River. Memorials may be sent to Sillin Funeral Home, 214 West Ave., South, Lyons, KS (Monitor-Journal Newspaper, Little River, KS, May 2005, submitted by Kyle M. Condon)


Died -- Friday, September the 25th, 1891, at ten o'clock p.m. at his home near

Frederick of Typhoid fever, John W. Coffield.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in Frederick at 5 o'clock on the 26th inst. The services were conducted by Rev. Woodward, of Sterling, assisted by Rev. Bernstorf of this place, which were affecting and impressive. The large attendence of relatives, neighbors, and friends testified to the esteem and respect with which the deceased was held in this community.

The deceased was born in Middletown, Guernsey County, Ohio, September 3rd, 1868. Moved with his parents to Iowa (Madison County) in the fall of 1873 and again to Kansas (Rice County) in the fall of 1878 where he has since resided until his death above recorded. Aged 23 years and 22 days.

Very few things that we have been called upon to chronicle in the course of our short journalistic career has given us the pain as the above notice. Among our short list of good friends we always counted John Coffield as one, with a large figure; with his genial good nature, friendship for all, and malice toward none, John was a model young man; his honor and integrity was above question which coupled with industry and kindness towards parents and friends gained for him a large circle of acquaintances who sincerely mourn his untimely death. He was heard to say he was sorry he had not lived a better man, be that as it may very many young men could with profit to themselves and friends so shape their lives as to be more in conformity with that of John Coffield. His relatives and friends have our greatest sympathy in their great affliction, may it result in their ultimate good. And may his ashes rest in peace. (Unknown Newspaper, submitted by Sylva Carter Rhodes)



The body of S. M. Coffield, 73, pioneer settler of the Helena district will be shipped to Frederick, Kan., Thursday morning according to an announcement made at the Henninger-Royer funeral home (in Enid) late Tuesday.

Mr. Coffield died Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at the home of his brother, James A. Coffield, 1022 North Adams, Enid, OK.

He leaves two brothers, James A. with whom he made his home, Benaja, of California, and three sisters, Mrs. Lily Iver (Eyers) of Palisades, Calif. (Colo.), Mrs. Burley (Kate) Williams of near Helena, and Mrs. Leah C. Packard of Helena -- Enid, OK. News.(The Helena Star, Helena, Ok., January 10, 1929, submitted by Sylva Carter Rhodes)

Samuel Martin Coffield was born Dec. 13, 1855 in Marshall County, VA. (now W.VA.) He died Jan. 08, 1929 in Enid, OK. and is buried in Frederick Cemetery, Frederick, KS. "Mart" was the son of Benajah Coffield and Anna (Ruth) Coffield. He never married. He lived in Rice County, KS. with his parents, but in Sept. 1893, took part in the Cherokee Outlet Land Run in Oklahoma Territory with his brother James. He homesteaded on land northwest of present day Helena, Okla. (Submitted by Sylva Carter Rhodes)



Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Carter and other relatives here received word last week of the death of her uncle, BENAJAH COFFIELD of Sacramento, Calif. He was the youngest brother of the late Mrs. Leah C. Packard.

Immediate survivors are his wife, Pearl Sawyer Coffield, two sons and one daughter. (The Helena Star, Helena, Ok., December 29, 1938, submitted by Sylva Carter Rhodes)

Benajah Hillis Coffield was born May 10, 1878 in Winterset, Madison County, Iowa. He died December 04, 1938 in Sacramento, Calif. and is buried in Eastlawn Cemetery, N. Sacramento, Calif. "Ben" was the youngest child of Benajah Coffield and Anna (Ruth) Coffield. On December 30, 1900 he married Georgia Pearl Sawyer at Alvaretta, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory.

Their children:

Lawrence William Coffield, b. April 03, 1905 in Frederick, Rice County, KS. married Margaret Claybaugh - No children - died November 10, 1989 in Pioneer, Calif.

Rolland Arvid Coffield, b. August 18, 1910 in Enid, Garfield County, OK. married Midge Ketterman - one son, one daughter - died April 26, 1961 in Grants Pass, Oregon

Harold Edwin Coffield, b. February 18, 1916 in Los Animas, Colo. died April 15, 1916 and buried in Los Animas, Colo.

Mary Genevieve Coffield, b. May 23, 1917 in Los Animas, Colo. married Conrad Coleman - 2 daughters - died November 06, 1975

Clyde Wallis Coffield, b. January 30, 1920 in Los Animas, Colo. died July 23, 1920 and buried in Los Animas, Colo. (Submitted by Sylva Carter Rhodes)



Rev. B. D. Conkling of Lyons, died while out with some friends for a walk. Heart failure is supposed to be the cause of death. He had preached in the morning at the Presbyterian church and was in his usual health. He was a brother of Clark Conkling, editor of the Lyons Republican. he served the city of Lyons as its mayor. (Wichita Searchlight, August 31, 1907, page 3)


Jacob Perry, 82, died at his home here at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A retired carpenter, he had lived here 54 years.

Funeral will be at Little River Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Rev. J. W. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Dean Cemetery. Masonic graveside services will be held.

Mr. Deeds was born Jan. 2, 1866, at Claysville, PA. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masons, and the I. O. O. F.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Lillie Thompson of the home and Mrs. Myrtle Trott, Ellinwood; three sons, all living in Hutchinson, Frank 815 North Pierce, Kirby, 633 North Cleveland, and Dewey, 1004 North Plum; two brothers, Adam, Little River, and Sam, Claysville, Pa., seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Hutchinson News-Herald, January 2, 1949, page 17)


Little River, KS ----Funeral for Mrs. Alma Viola Beougher will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Congregational Church, Revs. A. M. Loy and Percy Perry officiating. Burial will be in Bean Cemetery.

Mrs. Beougher, 82, died at 4 p.m. Sunday at her home following a heart attack. She had been ill two years.

She was born Oct. 20, 1873, at Sciotoville, Ohio, and came to Little River at the age of five. She was married Jan. 19, 1893 at Elk City to William Beougher, who died in 1950. Mrs. Beougher was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors are three daughters, Eva Train, Los Spring, Etta Neil, Little River, and Emma Weaver, Little River; a son, George, Hutchinson; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. (Hutchinson News-Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Tuesday, August 7, 1956 page – 8 *** column – 1 submitted by Rose Stout)


Ellinwood, KS --- Leland E. Hartzell, 62, died shortly after midnight on Monday in Ellinwood Hospital. He was born in Peru and had lived here the past 16 years. Mr. Hartzell was a pumper for Magnolia Oil Co.

Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Weber and Cook Chapel. Burial will be in Peru Cemetery. (Hutchinson News-Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Tuesday, August 7, 1956 page – 8 *** column – 1 submitted by Rose Stout)


Chase, KS ---- Charles D. Ruark died at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Sterling Hospital after a short illness. Death was due to a heart ailment. (Hutchinson News-Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Tuesday, August 7, 1956 page – 8 *** column – 1 submitted by Rose Stout)


Alden, KS ---- Clinton A. Salter, 80, long-time resident of Alden, died Monday afternoon in the Sterling hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Porter Chapel Sterling Rev. Portteus Lattimer will officiate with burial in Alden Cemetery. (Hutchinson News-Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Tuesday, August 7, 1956 page – 8 *** column – 1 submitted by Rose Stout)


Mrs. Mabel F. Gookins, 72, of Inman, died unexpectedly at 12:50 a.m. Thursday at Grace Hospital. She had been a patient one day.

Born Nov. 21. 1890, in Reno County, she was a lifetime resident of this area. She was married to Fred Gookins April 28, 1914, in Hutchinson.

Survivors: the widow, of the home; daughter, Mrs. Mary Belle Graber, Burrton; sisters, Mrs. Bertha Poole, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Myrtle Lowman, Neodesha; brother, George Booher, Bloom; three grandchildren.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday Johnson and Sons Chapel. Rev. Donald MacMillan. Burial Eastside Cemetery. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Friday, April 19, 1963 page – 3 *** column – 7 submitted by Rose Stout)


Military Honors for One of Last Ellinwood Vets

Michael Hines, 87, the aged father of M., J. Hines and A. B. Hines, of Hutchinson, whose funeral was held this week at Ellinwood, was on of the last, Civil War veterans in that community.(Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas March 27, 1930 page – 2 *** column – 3 submitted by Rose Stout)


Mrs. Grace LaDessa Wharton, 93, formerly of 1712 North Adams, died at Colonial Manor in Haven Saturday morning after a long illness. Born Aug. 11, 1875 in Lyons, she was married to George Wharton in 1904 at Lyons. They came to Hutchinson in 1918. He died June 10, 1933.

She was a charter member of Trinity Methodist Church.

Survivors are a son Philip, of 406 East 17th; daughter, Mrs. Leo Day, of Littleton, Colo.; sister, Mrs. Paul Merry, Kansas City, Mo.; four Grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday, Elliott Chapel; Rev. Clarence J. Borger. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, Graceland Cemetery at Lyons. Call 2 to 9 Sunday. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Sunday, March 9, 1969 page – 30 *** column – 5 submitted by Rose Stout)


Chase, KS --- Homer E. Ira, 81, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Aug. 11, 1893, at Ellinwood, he married Esta Proffitt, May 13, 1920 . He was a retired real estate agent, rancher and banker. He lived at Colorado Springs, Colo. Since 1942.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Masonic Lodge; WWI Veteran.

Survivors are the widow; son: Homer E., Walnut Creek, Calif.; daughters: Mrs. Sarah Holton, Powell, Wyo.; Mrs. Esta Hittle and Imogene Ira, Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother: Frank B., Wichita; sister: Mrs. Blanche Boehme, Stafford; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Cemetery, Raymond; Rev. D. D. Hall. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Crawford-Miller Mortuary, Lyons. (Hutchinson News Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Friday, April 18, 1975 page – 8 *** column – 2 submitted by Rose Stout)


Chase, KS – Mrs. Floy Belle Brewer, 65, operator of the Chase Grill, died at the Sterling Hospital at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. She had been ill a year.

Mrs. Brewer was born in Jefferson City, Mo., Aug. 2, 1890, and lived in Alden before moving to Chase. She was a member of the Alden Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Anderson, Lyons; a son, Donald O., Hoquian, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. F. W. Reynolds, Colorado Springs, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Crawford – Miller Chapel in Lyons with Rev. Roy Hamburger officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. (Hutchinson News – Herald Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Monday, November 14, 1955 page – 8 *** column – 8 submitted by Rose Stout)


Lyons, KS – Mrs. Sarah Ferguson, 92, is dead at her home, 1 ½ miles northeast of here. The family settled here 53 years ago. Her husband, John B. Ferguson, died in 1918. The funeral was held this afternoon at the Christian church here. (Hutchinson News, Monday, February 22, 1937, page 8, column 2, submitted by Rose Stout)


Died: Warren – On Sunday evening, December 12, 1880, after a lingering illness, at her home in Little River, Mrs. Joseph Warren, aged fifty-tree years. (Hutchinson News (Weekly) Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, December 16, 1880 page – 5 *** column – 3 submitted by Rose Stout)


Sterling, Kan., Dec. 23 - Jacob Heter, one of the oldest settlers of Rice County, died at the home of his son, Frank in this city, yesterday afternoon, aged 76 years. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, Friday, December 25, 1896, page 3)


William T. Read, of Wychoff, died February 23, of intermittent fever, after an illness of one month. He was born January 23, 1861, at Waveland, Ind., and had but recently located in Lyon county. Short as the time he had spent in this community, it sufficed for him to make warm friends among those of his neighbors with whom he became acquainted and in his death they feel the loss of a good citizen. He was a kind, devoted husband and loving father. His mother and sister arrived from Carthage, Mo., too late to bid him farewell but in time to assist in the ? offices. The interment was made at Chicago Mound Cemetery. Rev. C. R. Rice preached a very affecting sermon from St. John xiv: 1-4. Mr. Read left a wife and six children to mourn his loss. (Emporia Gazette, Saturday, March 20, 1897, page 2)


Funeral services were held Saturday in the Little River United Methodist Church for Mrs. Leiws F. Banister. Officiating minister was Rev. Homer H. Wolcott. Obituary: Blossom N. O'Brien was born to Minnie and James O'Brien at Howard, Kansas, Feb. 10, 1897, and passed away in Hoffman Memoial Hospital, Little River, Kansas, May 29, 1969, at the age of 72 yrs., 3 mos, & 19 da. She came with her parents in 1909 to Little River, KS., where they made their home. She was married to Lewis F. Banister at Little River, Jan. 12, 1916, and to this union was born one son, Delano. They were married 53 years, Jan.12, 1969, and had live in the community southwest of Little River until four years ago when her health failed and at that time moved to Little River. Her health grew worse until she was unable to do anythig for herself the past two years. She could always smile and appreciate cards and flowers and to visit with her friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a nice persn to call a friend. She was baptized in the Methodist Church, Feb. 20, 1910, where her membership remained to the time of her going. She was a membr ot the WSCS She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Wilma Deal. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Lewis; son Delano of Liberal; four grandchildren; Eldon Banister of Edmond, Okla.; Mrs. Janice Bell, Mrs. Cheryl Handy and Daryl Banister, all of Liberal; a sister, Lula Hardy, Stockton, Calif.; two nieces, a nephew, also eight great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. She was indeed a frend whom to know your live was made richer by her constant abiding faith in God. She suffered long but in keeping with the sripture, she was kind. She buried in Bean Cemetery. Obit furnished by kyle53@cox.net


LITTLE RIVER - Mrs C C Deal, a resident here for 62 years, died at her home at 4:15 pm Wednesday. She had been ill for 10 days.
Mrs Deal was born in Ohio on Dec 31, 1859, and came here in 1893 after her marriage to Deal who died in 1941. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are two sons, Samuel and Albert, both of Little River; three brothers, John Clutter, Alvin, Texas, Charles and James Clutter, Larned; a sister, Mrs Frances Goff, Larned; a grandchild and a great grandchild.

Funeral services will be at the home at 10 am Friday with Rev Percy L Perry officiating. Burial will be in Bean Cemetery. (The Hutchinson News Herald, Hutchinson, Reno Co, Kansas Thursday Aug 18, 1955, submitted by Kyle M.Condon)


Wilma Pearl O'Brien eldest of the three daughters of James and Minnie (Fox) O'Brien was born February 19, 1895, at Grenola, Kansas and passed away in a quiet beautiful death a Bethel Hospital in Newton, Kansas, November 10, 1959 at the age of 64 years.

She came with her mother and step-father, Tom Yarbrough, and sisters, from Great Bend to Little River in September 1909 as a young girl and grew to womanhood in this community. She married Samuel E. Deal at Little River, on August 5, 1914 and to this union was born one child, a daughter Ardis. Mrs. Deal was a telephone operator in out local office for 35 years. She was very efficient and kind, and gained the love and respect of the whole community she served so long and faithfully. She was a member of the America Legion Auxiliary, Dwight Larson Post 258. Wilma was a woman who loved life and people. She enjoyed her home and many friends. She was patient, kind and good to her husbands aging parents in the home for many years. Survivors include one daughter, Ardis; a granddaughter, Vicki and a brother in law, Albert C. Deal and the husband, all of the home. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Lew Bannister of Lyons and Mrs. Clarence Hardy of Stockton, California.

Alas for him who never sees The stars shine thru his cypress trees; Who, hopeless, lays his dead away, Nor looks to see the breaking day across the mournful marbles play. Who hath not learned, in hours of father. The truth to flesh and sense unknown, That life is Lord of Death And love can never lose its own. From Whittlers Snowbound. (Submitted by Kyle M. Condon)



The funeral service of Mrs. Evangeline Powell, who passed away July 4, 1933, at 4:30 o'clock was brought to Lyons, Kansas, her home for funeral services and burial on last Friday at 2:30 p.m., the funeral was conducted from her home church, Rev. J. E. Douglass, officiated.

Up to the time of her illness, Mrs. Powell was a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Hayes was out of toen at time of funeral. Many friends and relatives were present from Wichita and other places. The trasnferring of the body was conducted by the Jackson Mortuary. Mr. Ernest Powell, her devoted husband, has been faithful to the end and deserves commending for doing his full duty.

Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Lawrence, parents of Mrs. Powell, Mr. Ernest Powell, husband; 2 brothers and other relatives are in bereavement.
(Negro Star...Wichita, KS ~ Friday ~ July 21, 1933)


Henry Thornton, age 42, died August 24 at local hospital. Remains shipped to Lyons, Kan., Aug. 25th. Burial in Lyons.
(Plaindealer..Topeka, KS ~ Friday ~ September 2, 1927)



Sterling, Kan., July 22---The wife of Mayor Hamilton Irish died very suddenly of paralysis of the heart, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, after a few hours' illness. The funeral will be held on Friday.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ July 24, 1896)



Total Paralysis Since His Injury Gives Way to Death

Sterling, Kan., March 26---Captain D. S. Knouse, who was injured by being thrown from a buggy two weeks ago, died at his home last night at 6 o'clock.

Examination of the injury showed dislocation of the vertebra, which was replaced by a surgical operation, March 15, but nothing could be done to restore feeling, he remaining totally paralyzed from the first. He leaves a wife and three children.

The body will lie in state at the residence from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., tomorrow, and the funeral will be held at the Methodist church, of which the deceased was a member, at 2 p.m., under the auspices of the I. O. O. F.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ March 27, 1896)



Wichita----Robert Findley, of the Robert Findley & Son Broomcorn company, and formerly head of the American Warehouse company of this city, the largest broomcorn business in the west, and state senator from the Thirty-fifth district in 1903, was found dead in his barn at his home in this city. Paralysis and heart disease are said to have caused death. The deceased was 52 years old. Burial will be made in Sterling, Kansas, Mr. Findley's former home.
(Sedan Lance ~ Thursday ~ June 24, 1909)


HUTCHINSON, Kan.----Services for Roscoe L. Guldner, 82, retired president of the former American National Bank, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Elliott Mortuary. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Lyons, Kan. He died Wednesday.

Born in Buston, Kan., he moved here in 1923 from Wichita. The American National Bank later consolidated with the former Hutchinson State Bank and is now known as Hutchinson National Bank.

Survivors include his widow, LaVern, and a sister, Miss Margaret Guldner, Wichita.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ November 14, 1969)


GENESEO, Kan.----Services for Lowell Peverley, 57, Geneseo farmer who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Miller Mortuary, Lyons, Kan. Burial will be in Geneseo Cemetery.

Born in Lyons, he moved to Geneseo 40 years ago. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Lucille; a son, Clinton, Geneseo; a daughter, Mrs. Claude Thompson, Wichita, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Orm, Geneseo, and Mrs. Joanna Miller and Miss Dorothy Peverley of Little River, Kan. (Wichita Eagle ~ Tuesday ~ January 9, 1968)



Mrs. E. H. Grizzell, aged sixty years, eight month and one day, passed from this life at 2:30 Friday afternoon, September 25, at her home in Sterling, Kansas. Miss Sara M. Saxton was born January 25, 1854, in the state of Ohio. She early became a member of the Methodist church and was a faithful worker in it all her life. She was married to E. H. Grizzell at Danville, Illinois in 1873. She and her husband came to Claflin in
1876 where they resided for thirty-three years and five years ago moved to Sterling. She leaves a husband, six children, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn her death. The children are Frank Grizzell and Mrs. Herman Praeger, of Claflin, Chas. T. Grizzell and Mrs. Arthur Murphy of Chase, Chester Grizzell, of Macksville, and Florence Grizzell of Sterling. The brothers are Frank and Will Saxton, of Farmer City. All were present at the funeral. Mrs. Grizzell had been ill for about six weeks, at times seriously, but was thought to be getting better when the end came. Loved and loving mother, wife and friend, her character found its highest expression in home and motherhood. Her life was gentle and its fabric, full woven of the woof of love. No conventions hedged in its kindnesses and it embraced all those loving services given at humanity's call or where the shadow of sickness fell, that give to friendship its sacred touch. As quiet as the influence of love itself, her life was passed among her friends and loved ones. And when the last hour came her spirit, weary of a lengthening illness, took its flight as gently as it had lived to where Christian hope had pictured a home and to which the character of her life had given the key. Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Sterling. A large number of friends had come to pay their last respect and her Sunday School class composed of women her age, were there to attest their love. These women, all dressed in white, formed two lines at the door of the church between which the casket was borne. The services were conducted by Rev. Henry, of the Methodist church of Sterling. Friends from everywhere brought flowers. The pall bearers were R. L Hamilton, F. A. Praeger, J. A. Watson. Mr. Montgomery, of Eskridge, Mr. Sturgen and Mr. Hutton, of Sterling. Interment was made in the Sterling cemetery. - Claflin Clarion. [Barton County democrat.(Great Bend, Kan.), October 09, 1914, submitted by K. T.]

Cyrus W. Shumway

Cyrus W. Shumway, ex-treasurer of Rice County, Kansas, and a leading politician, died at Lyons.
Source: Leavenworth Advocate, Leavenworth, Kansas, Saturday, April 19, 1890. Transcribed by M.K.Krogman.



LYONS, Kan. --- Services for Dr. R. Leonard, 68, longtime Lyons physician and lifetime resident here, who died Friday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church.

He earned his bachelors degree from University of Kansas, Lawrence, and his medical degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.  He spent his internship and residency at City Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.  After his residency, he returned to Lyons to start his practice.

Dr. Leonard was a member of First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, Rice County Medical Society, Kansas State Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of General Practitioners, and Geriatrics Society.

Survivors include his widow, Ferne; a son, Gordon, Mulwaukee, Wis.; two brothers, Ralph, Lyons, and Dr. Carl, San Jose, Calif., and a sister, Mrs. Everett Chronister, Wellsville, Kan.

Crawford-Miller Mortuary has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ September 8, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



HUTCHINSON, Kan. --- Services for Holmes C. Shenkel, 59, manager of Federal Land Bank Association here, who died Thursday, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home here.  Burial will be in Lyons, Kan., Cemetery.

Born in Genesco, Kan., he came here in 1945, from Lyons.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge and Shrine.

Survivors include his widow, Julia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Shenkel, Lyons; and two brothers, Claude, Jr., Manhattan, Kan., and Roger, Denver, Colo.

A memorial has been established at Sterling College, Sterling, Kan.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Saturday ~ November 30, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



LYONS, Kan. --- Byron James Welch, 48, bookkeeper for Central Kansas Elevator and police judge here, died Friday.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church, of which he was a member.

A lifetie Lyons resident, Welch was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge, American Legion, Kiwanis Club, and was a committeeman for Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his widow, Dorothy; three sons, Byron, Jr., Newcastle, Wyo., and Thomas and Ray, both of Lyons; three brothers, Alfred, Willie and Jack, all of Lyons, and three sisters, Mrs. Marguerite Hodson, Wichita, Mrs. Berta Hodson, Ashland, Ore., and Mrs. Wyzona Briggs, Hoisington, Kan.

Porter & Sillin Funeral Home, Sterling, Kan., has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Saturday ~ October 19, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


LYONS, Kan. --- Services for Miss Sarah Cain, 85, retired Larned, Kan., drygoods store owner who died Wednesday, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Christian Church.

Born at Lyons, she returned here in 1946 from Larned.

Survivors include four brothers, Charles and Wentz, both of Lyons, John, Wichita, and Mark, Hutchinson, Kan.

Crawford-Miller Mortuary has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ May 16, 1969 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



LYONS, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Mabel Eastwood, 77, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Crawford-Miller Mortuary.

She came to Lyons in 1939 from Valley Center.  Her husband, Frank, died in 1962.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Frances Eastwood, Wichita, and Mrs. Clara Clift, Jefferson City, Mo.; a brother, Will Bowen, Grand Junction, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Schimmel, Kansas City and Mrs. Alma Geffelman, Palisade, Colo.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Monday ~ June 9, 1969 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



LYONS, Kan. --- Services for Rick A. Lippelmann, 21, who died Sunday of injuries received in a car accident on U.S. 177 near Manhattan, Kan., will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lyons Presbyterian Church of which he was a member.

Born in Oberlin, Kan., he came here when a child.  He graduated 1965 from Lyons High School and was a senior at Washburn University, Topeka.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lippelmann; a brother, Roger; and a sister, Karen, at home; and grandmothers, Mrs. G. H. Lippelmann, Oberlin, and Mrs. Grace Rickabaugh, Lyons.

Crawford-Miller Mortuary has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Tuesday ~ November 5, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


LYONS, Kan. --- Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Petersen, 84, who died Wednesday, will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Wichita.

Born in Raymond, Kan., she moved to Lyons in 1964 from Wellington, Tex.

There are no immediate survivors.

Culbertson Mortuary, Wichita, has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Friday ~ July 25, 1969 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



STERLING, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Mary Newman Jones, 55, lifetime Sterling resident, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sterling United Methodist Church.  She died Monday in a local hospital for a long illness.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. John Zimmerman, Sterling; two daughters, Mrs. Sue Widney, Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. Pamela Brooks, Nelsonville, Ohio; a brother, Dr. Robert Newman, Kansas City; a step-brother, Leslie Zimmerman, Sterling, and three stepsisters, Mrs. Marion Heter, Sterling, Mrs. DeVera Haran, Wichita, and Mrs. Roberta Koperski, Denver.

A memorial has been established with the Sterling United Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Wednesday ~ December 31, 1969 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)



STERLING, Kan. --- Services for Mrs. Margaret Caywood, 61, reitred schoolteacher, who died Friday, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Sterling First Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Sterling Community Cemetery.

Born in Tarkio, Mo., she came to Sterling in 1907.  She was a member of Sterling Baptist Church.  She was the widow of Mason Caywood.

Survivors include a son, Mason, South Laguna, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Denniton, San Jose, Calif.; her father, J. P. Henry, Sterling and two sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Haney, Sterling, and Mrs. George Jensen, Wichita.

Porter & Sillin Funeral Home has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Sunday ~ March 31, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


STERLING, Kan. --- Services for John M. Frederick, 78, a retired farmer, who died Thursday, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sterling Methodist Church, of which he was a member.

Born in Alden, Kan., he came here in 1917.  He was a Mason.

Survivors include four sons, Carl, Sterling, Dr. Mac, Hugoton, Kan., Fred, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Norman, Wichita; a daughter, Mrs. Loren Gray, Salina, Kan.; and three brothers, Walter, Sterling, and Guy and Homer, both of Alden.

Porter ad Sillin Funeral Home has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Saturday ~ July 20, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Mrs. Nellie Ruddick Dies in Sterling at 83

STERLING, Kan. --- Mrs. Nellie Ruddick, 83, died Wednesday.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sterling United Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member.

Born in Sterling, she had lived here all her life except from 1906 to 1923, when she lived in Hutchinson, Kan.

Her husband, Ervin, a retired farmer and custodian at Sterling College, died in 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Matt Finnin, Wichita, and Mrs. Kenneth McKown, Sterling, and a sister, Mrs. Lela Harper, Sterling.

Porter and Sillin Funeral Home has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ May 16, 1968 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Autopsy Slated For Victim of Wichita Crash

A 63-year-old Wichitan died Wednesday morning shortly after he was involved in a two-car accident at George Washington Boulevard and Pawnee.

Police said they believe Floyd V. Wynn, 224 S. St. Clair, may have died from a heart attack after the accident.  He had not been listed officially as a traffic fatality Wednesday night, pending outcome of an autopsy scheduled Thursday moring.

The accident occurred about 6:15 a.m. when Wynn's auto and a car driven by Miss Joan D. Palmer, 21, of 2439 Jewell, collided.

Officers at the scene said Wynn did not appear seriously injured and told them to tow his car away.  He died a short time later at St. Joseph Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.

Miss Palmer received a bump to the head and a fractured right knee and was treated and released from the hospital.

Services for Wynn, a welder for Cessna Aircraft Co., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Downing Mortuary Downtown.  Burial will be in Geneseo, Kan.

Born in Pollard, Kan., he came here 20 years ago from Geneseo.

Survivors include his widow, Bertha; a son, Lyle, Wichita; three brothers, Glen, and William, both of Geneseo, and Perry, Harrisonville, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Vera Hodges, Seattle, Wash.

Seiler Funeral Home, Colwich, has charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Thursday ~ July 3, 1969 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler


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