SMITH  COUNTY,  KANSAS,  OBITUARIES
 

HENRY,  OWEN

SAD  HOMICIDE 

The Result of a Charivari Party 

A serious tragedy was the result of a charivari party in Smith county, a short time ago.  Robert P. Maginnis and Amanda J. Groom were married on the 3d inst., and the evening of the 8th a party, including Owen Henry and his two elder brothers, went to the house of Maginnis to give the newly married couple a charivari.  They made two or three circuits of the house, firing pistols, blowing horns, etc., then went inside, and into the bed room of the couple.  They ordered Maginnis to get up, threatening to pull him out of bed if he did not obey.  His wife ordered them out of the room, at the same time reaching for an old rifle, loaded with a paper wad, and threatening to shoot if they did not go.  The party paid no attention to her, when she leveled the gun, and commenced pulling back the hammer.  The gun was prematurely discharged, the wad striking Owen Henry, a lad of thirteen, about two inches above the navel, tearing a hole through is stomach the size of a silver dollar.  The boy died the following Wednesday afternoon, after nearly six days of intense suffering.  A coroner’s inquest rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts.  Mrs. Maginnis was arrested, and after a preliminary examination, on the 14th, was bound over in the sum of $600 for her appearance before the District Court.  She promptly gave bail, one of her bandsmen being the father of the boy who was killed.  We condense this account from the Smith Co. Pioneer.
(The Atchison Daily Champion (Atchison, KS) ~ Wednesday ~ April 23, 1879 ~ Submitted by Jim Dezotell)

Owen Henry, a boy aged 13 years, was killed by a paper wad fired from an old rifle in the hands of Mrs. Amanda J. Maginness, in Pawnee township, Smith county, on the night of the 8th inst.  Owen was a member of a party who were “charivaring” Mrs. Maginness and her husband, a young married couple and the “honoring” party had entered the house and threatened to pull the new husband out of bed.  The wife threatened to shoot if they did not leave, but the invaders only laughed at her.  She leveled an old gun loaded with a paper wad at them and pulled the trigger.  The contents entered the abdomen of Owen and caused his death in a few hours.  The distressed father of the deceased went security for the slayer of his son, who was bound over to court in the sum of $600.
(The Junction City Union (JunctionCity, KS) ~ Saturday ~ April 26, 1879 ~ Submitted by Jim Dezotell) 

ABBOTT, MABEL

LEBANON --- Melba L. Abbott, 92, Lebanon, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1993, at the Osborne County Hospital, Osborne.

Mrs. Abbott was born Melba L. Spurrier on March 25, 1901, at Chesterfield, Ill., and was a lifelong resident of the Lebanon area.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Over 60 Club, Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary Post 185, all of Lebanon, and was a Red Cross volunteer.

Her husband, Earl, died in 1969.

Survivors include two sons, Morse of Red Cloud, Neb., and Norman of Topeka; a daughter, Ruth Kellogg of Lawrence; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Simmons Mortuary, Smith Center, the Rev. ARden Roush officiating.  Burial will bein Oriole Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Visitation will be at the mortuary, 116 W. First St., Smith Center, 66967, until service time.
(Salina Journal ~ Thursday ~ December 30, 1993 ~ Page 9)

ABBOTT,  STEVE

Steve Abbott, 52, Gaylord, died Monday, April 11, 2005, in Gaylord.

He was born Nov. 13, 1952, in Rantoul, Ill., to Morse and Julia (Black) Abbott.  He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1971, and North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit, in1973.  He drove a truck for the family business, Abbott & Sons trucking.

Survivors include his parents, Lebanon; two daughters, Andrea Abbott, Hays, and Erin Abbott, Gaylord; a brother, Tom Abbott, Lebanon; and two sisters, Barb Johanek, Esbon, and Linda Paget, Dwight.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oriole Cemetery north of Lebanon.
(Hays Daily News ~ Wednesday ~ April 14, 2005 ~ Page 6)

ABBOTT,  MORSE  EARL

LEBANON --- Morse Earl Abbott, 78, Lebanon, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Julia, of Lebanon; a son, Tom of Lebanon; two daughters, Linda Paget of Dwight and Barbara Johanek of Esbon; a sister, Carol Kellogg of Lawrence; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Mortuary Chapel, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967.  Burial will be in Oriole Cemetery, north of Leganon, with military honors by American Legion Gordon M. Brown Post 185, Lebanon.

Memorials may be made to Lebanon Community Library or Lebanon Alumni Scholarship, in care of the funeral home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel and 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the chapel.
(Salina Journal ~ March 2, 2007 ~ Page 4)

ANSHUTZ,  JOHN

A  KANSAN  SHOT  BY  A  ROBBER

John Anshutz's Team Ran Away and the "Hold Up" Men Fired

Lebanon, Kas., Nov. 11 - John Anshutz, a pioneer farmer who liesin Logan township, ten miles north of here, was shot by a "hold-up" man yeterday while driving in a buggy on a country road.  He was stopped by the robber, whose sudden appearance frightened Mr. Anshutz's horses.  They started to run and the robber fired and wounded him so badly that it is believed he will die.  The rober took $25 and escaped.
(Kansas City Star ~ Wednesday ~ November 11, 1903 ~ Page 1)

KANSAN'S  SHOOTING  MAY  BE  A  ROBBER'S  REVENGE

Lebanon, Kan., Nov. 13 --- John Anshutz, "held up" Monday ten miles north of here and shot for attempting to escape, is sinking slowly.  His assailants have not been found.  It is believed here that there is a well organized band of robbers, and marauders all along the border of Kansas and Nebraska.  Mr. Anshutz was in the chase for Thomas Madison, the alleged murderer o the three Payne women in Logan township, September 16.  Madison's body was found three weeks later in a canefield north of Red Cloud.  He had committed suicide.  It is alleged that Madison was one of the band and that Anshutz was killed by members of the gang.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Saturday ~ November 14, 1903 ~ Page 2)

HOLD-UP  VICTIM  IS  DEAD

Lebanon, Kan., Nov. 17 --- John Anshutz, who was shot by a robber several days ago, died yesterday.  Mr. Anshutz was in a buggy.  The robber frightened Anshutz's team and it started to run.  The "hold-up" man then fired and wounded him.  It is believed that the shooting was by a member of a band of thieves and out-laws and was done for revenge.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Wednesday ~ November 18, 1903 ~ Page 3)

ROBBED  AND  THEN  SHOT

Smith County Farmer Has an Experience with Highwayman

Monday evening about 6:30 o'clock as John Anshutz, as well known farmer of Logan township was driving home in a single buggy from Lebanon and when about eight miles north of that city was suddenly confronted by a man who asked him how far it was to Red Cloud and then the distance to Lebanon, says the Smith County Journal.  Being answered in a satisfactory manner Mr. Anshutz started to drive on when the stranger suddenly pulled a revolver and placing it against Mr. Anshutz' head demanded his money.  He, seeing the fellow meant business, immediately handed over his pocketbook, containing $25 and again started to drive home, when the robber said, "I want the rest of that money you drew from the bank in Lebanon this afternoon."  Not really complying the robber took deliberate aim and fired, the ball entering Mr. Anshutz' abdomen, inflicting a very dangeous would, knocking the victim from his seat and landing him across the dashboard of the buggy.  At the noise of the shot the horse took fright and tarted on a dead run and wound up in front of Uncle Billy Barnes' place, about one mile east of where the hold-up took place.  Hearing the groans of Mr. Anshutz, Mr. Barnes went to his assistance and carried the wounded man into the house and dispatched a courier to Lebanon for medical aid.  Tuesday afternoon Dr. Shagle of this city, Dr. Dykes of Lebanon and Dr. Morrison went to where Mr. Anshutz is being cared for and performed an operation on him, the result of which the Journal is not able to ascertain at this time.  Mr. Anshutz is one of the best known and wealthiest farmers of Logan township and has not a known enemy.  He is a man about 64 years of age and carries policies in a life insurance company for some $10,000.  No accurate description has been received of the wretch who committed this damnable deed, but officers are on his trail and it is only a question of time when the guilty one will probably be brought to justice.
(Hutchinson News ~ Tuesday ~ November 24, 1903 ~ Page 7)

FOR  HIS  FATHER'S  DEATH

The Arrest of a Young Kansan Near Lebanon

Lebanon, Kan., Dec. 1 --- Sheriff Agnew of this county and the county attorney, Mr. Reed, sent to the home of John Anshutz, who was mysteriously murdered three weeks ago, and had the 23-year-old son of the murdered man brought to the county seat for investigation.

The murdered man carried $10,000 life insurance.
(Lawrence Daily Journal ~ Tuesday ~ December 1, 1903 ~ Page 1)

BERGMAN,  CHARLES

LEBANON—Charles Bergman, 64, Lebanon, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Smith County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. Mr. Bergman was born July 12, 19l6, at North Platte, Neb. He was a farmer and an Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Esbon, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6242, Beloit, and Knights of Columbus, Esbon.

His first wife, Mary Alice, died in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Ann of Lebanon; two sons, John of Lebanon and Eugene of Campbell, Neb.; two stepsons, Stan Troxel of Papillion, Neb., and Elwyn Troxel of Lakewood, Colo.; three daughters, Ruth Deines of Woodbine, Betty Funster of Lenexa and Barbi Hughes of Leawood; two step-daughters, Janice Troxel of Lincoln, Neb., and Cathy Eitzmann of Boston Lake, N.Y.; a sister, Agnes Gastley of Beloit; 25 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Esbon, the Rev. Allen Scheer officiating. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth's Catholic Cemetery, Esbon. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Simmons Mortuary, 116 W. First, Smith Center, 66967.

Memorials may be made to the Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., today and Thursday at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ Wednesday ~ December 8, 1999 ~ Submitted by Maurene Miller)


BECHTOLD,  FRANCIS  EARL

KANORADO -- Nora Ann Clements, 66, Kanorado, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. 

Mrs. Clements was born Nora Ann Hughes on Oct. 12, 1939, in Vona, Colo. She worked at a grocery store in Burlington, Colo., retiring in 2003. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; a son, Richard; and a granddaughter. 

Survivors include her companion, Dennis Korbelik of Kanorado; her mother, Dorothy Hughes, of Flagler, Colo.; two children, Sherrie Carmer and Jerry Clements of Kanorado; three sisters, Alice Cole of Flagler, Judy Martin of Cushing, Okla., and Cheryl Hutchinson of Sterling, Colo.; and two brothers, Ora Hughes of Arriba, Colo., and Kenneth Hughes of Omaha, Neb. 

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Mountain time Monday at Bateman Funeral Home, 211 E. 11th, Goodland. Burial will be in Kanorado Cemetery. 

Memorials may be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 278, Goodland, 67735. 


Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Mountain time Sunday at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ Thursday ~ October 27, 2011)


HAYS,  WILLIS  D.

Willis D. Hays, 88, of Salina, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Mr. Hays was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Harlan, Kan., the son of Ross and Katie (McClain) Hays. 

Tech4/Staff Sgt. Hays served in the U.S. Army in World War II with the 271st Infantry Regiment, the 3704th Quartermaster Co., and the 69th Infantry Division, Rhineland, Central Europe. Additional service years were with Battery A 253rd AFA Battalian, 6th Armored Division, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during the Korean War. He was an American Legion member, serving many years at Gaylord Post. He worked for Kirwin-Webster Irrigation and Frieling Grain Co. in Gaylord. He was a member of Mayflower E.U.B. Church of rural Portis and of Gaylord Nazarene Church. 

Willis was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Genevieve Hoverman; and two grandchildren, Carl Dean Ruhnke and Jon Louis Bigler. 

Survivors include his wife, Merna; one son, Kevin Hays; two daughters, Katherine Bigler and husband Louis and Susan Ruhnke and husband Jim; seven grandchildren, Moriah Ruhnke, Jamie, Jessie and Sean Bigler, and Cade, Keegan and Konon Hays; and four great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Kylie Bigler, Chloe Ruhnke and Joshua Lanahan. 

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, with family receiving friends from 6-7:30, at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at the Nazarene Church, 806 Parker, Gaylord. Burial will follow in Gaylord Cemetery, Gaylord. 


Memorials may be made to Hospice of Salina, Gaylord Nazarene Church, Village Bible Church or the charity of the donor's choice, in care of Ryan Mortuary.
(Salina Journal ~ Friday ~ May 2, 2014)


HORNING,  ROBERT  F.

GAYLORD -- Robert F. Horning, 83, Gaylord, died Thursday, July 20, 2006. 

Mr. Horning was owner and manager of Frieling Grain Co., Gaylord. 

Survivors include his wife, Hilda, of Gaylord; a daughter, Linda Merz of Las Vegas; three sons, Stan of Gaylord, Bryan of Parker, Colo., and Duane of Hutchinson; two sisters, Theora Casteel of Gaylord and Norma Gillen of Smith Center; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at American Lutheran Church, Smith Center. Burial will be in Gaylord Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the church or Gaylord Firemen, in care of Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Chapel, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967. 


Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
(Salina Journal ~ Saturday ~ July 22, 2006)


BRADLEY,  EARL  A.

Earl A. Bradley, 87, Kensington, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege, Neb. 

He was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Phillips County to Sam and Effie (Troyer) Bradley. 

He married Bertha McCray on Aug. 24, 1947, in Phillipsburg. He was a farmer. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Van Bradley, Agra; two daughters, Carol Merritt, Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Kaye Morley, Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg; burial in Germantown Cemetery, Smith County. 

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. 


Memorials are suggested to Naponee Wesleyan Church.
(Hays Daily News ~ Sunday ~ July 24, 2005)


BRONSON,  WARREN  S.  "TUB"

Warren S. "Tub" Bronson, Kensington, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at Infinia at Kensington. 

He was born Nov. 7, 1912, in Smith County to Warren C. and Daisy V. (Smith) Bronson. He was a U.S. military veteran of World War II. 

He married Alma (Emme) Ford on Oct. 24, 1950, in Phillipsburg. She died April 20, 1993. He was a farmer. 

Survivors include three sons, Douglas D. Ford, Mankato, Orren Bronson, Kensington, and Don Bronson, Stephenville, Texas; three daughters, Margaret Meisinger and Donna Kreutziger, both of Marion, and Diane Henry, Arlington, Texas; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchild. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Church of Kensington; burial in Germantown Cemetery, Smith County. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Smith Center, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. 


Memorials are suggested to the Kensington Senior Center or Germantown Cemetery.
(Hays Daily News ~ Monday ~ September 19, 2005)


HILBRINK,  CLIFFORD  F.

KENSINGTON - Clifford F. Hilbrink, 77, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. He was born Oct. 5, 1939, in Kensington, son of Elden and Ethel (Vibber) Hilbrink. He was a construction worker. 

Survivors include four sisters, Pauline Myers, of Benkelman, Neb., Ijean and Irene Hilbrink, both of Kensington, and Evelyn Schultz, of Smith Center; and son, Tracy. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary, 116 W. First, Smith Center. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Germantown Cemetery, rural Kensington. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Clifford F. Hilbrink Memorial Fund, in care of the mortuary. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary, Smith Center. 


To leave an online condolence, visit www.simmons-rentschler.com.
(Salina Journal ~ Monday ~ October 10, 2016)


SCHULTZ,  LEONARD  EARL

KENSINGTON - Leonard Earl Schultz, 93, of Kensington, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Prairie Haven Nursing Center, Kensington. He was born March 22, 1923, on the family farm north of Cawker City to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schrueder) Schultz. He was a farmer northwest of Athol. 

Leonard is survived by many cousins and second cousins. 

Celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary, Smith Center, with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Germantown Cemetery, rural Kensington. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Kensington Senior Center, in care of the mortuary. 

For online condolences, visit www.simmons-rentschler.com.
(Salina Journal ~ Thursday ~ September 8, 2016)

RENEBURG,  GORDON  JAMES

KENSINGTON - Gordon James Reneberg, 83, of Kensington, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016. He was born March 1, 1933, in Smith County to Earl and Berniece (James) Reneberg. He was a farmer and rancher. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Riley. 

Suvivors include his wife, Juanita, of the home; daughter, Ann (Kurtis) Forell, of Agra; three sons, Perry (Jeri) Gray-Reneberg, of McKinleyville, Calif., Ronald (Kristi) and James (Sandi), both of Kensington; sister, Erleen Norris, of Agra; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at First St. John Lutheran Church, Kensington. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the church or Germantown Cemetery. 

Online condolences to www.olliffboeve.com.
(Salina Journal ~ Sunday ~ April 3, 2016)

PACKER,  RAY  H.

Ray H. Packer, 81, Smith Center, died Sunday, January 20, 1991, at his home.

He was born January 31, 1909, at Diller, Neb., and had been a Smith Center resident since 1973, moving from Garden Grove, Calif.  He was a civil service engineer and a member of the American Lutheran Church, Smith Center.

Survivors include his wife, Meta of the home; two daughters, Jennette Nunn of Alta Loma, Calif.; and Vada Rogers of Manteca, Calif.; a sister, Nellie Coons of Belleville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the American Lutheran Church, Smith Center, the Rev. Duane Thompson officiating.  Burial will be in Gaylord Cemetery.

Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center is in charge.
(Belleville Telescope ~ Thursday ~ January 24, 1991 ~ Page 20)

IDEN,  JAMES

James Iden died at the family home in the southeast part of town last Thursday.  Mr. Iden had been in poor health for several years and the end was not altogether unexpected.

James Iden was born in Logan County, Ohio, June 15, 1843 and died in Gaylord, Kansas, March 15, 1917, age 73 years and 9 months.  When but a small boy he moved with his parents to Iowa where he grew to manhood.  When the call came for volunteers in the Civil War, he enlisted in Company D, 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served his country with honor until the close of the war.  He was united with the Methodist church in Iowa in early life and afterward joined the same in Kansas.  In Iowa in 1878 he was united in marriage.  To this union one child was born, which died in infancy.  The same year he came to Kansas for his wife's health but she died about one year later.  On Oct. 19, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Emzy Haskett who still survives him.  To this union were born three children, all of whom still survive him.  They are Lloyd and Mrs. Goldie Watson of Gaylord, and Mrs. James Watson of Logan.

Funeral services were held Friday in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. M. E. Smith and the body was laid to rest in the Gaylord cemetery.  The entire community joins in extending their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.---Gaylord Sentinel
(Logan Republican ~ Thursday ~ March 29, 1917 ~ Page 2)

CONN,  MICHAEL 

HASTINGS, Neb. — Michael Jay Conn, 49, Hastings, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Brian LGH, Lincoln. Mr. Conn was born June 24, 1950, at Smith Center, Kan. He was a retail manager.

Survivors include his wife, Janet of Hastings; a son, Mark of Smith Center, Kan.; two daughters, Amy Conn and Michelle Conn, both of Hastings; his father, Max Conn of Hastings; a sister, Gloria Gardesky of Clearwater, Fla.; and a grandchild.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Simmons Mortuary, Smith Center, the Rev. Bill Terry Officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, 116 W. First, Smith Center 86967.
(Salina Journal ~ Friday ~ September 24, 1999 ~ Submitted by Maurene Miller)

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