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PARKS, Evelyn R. (Berschauer)

Evelyn R. Parks, 80, Colby, formerly of Hill City, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Citizens Medical Center, Colby.

She was born Feb. 7, 1933, in rural Trego County to John and Olinda (Flagler) Berschauer.

She married Verlan Parks on May 14, 1955, in WaKeeney. He preceded her in death May 21, 1989. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Parks, Colby; and a sister, LuEtta Staats, Garden City.

She was preceded in death by a son, Randy.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City; burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with family present to receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., and from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Graham County Hospital in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 23 August 2013.]


PAXSON, Delores Joann

Delores Joann Paxson, 58, Topeka, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at a Topeka nursing home.

Miss Paxson had been a secretary.

She was born July 1, 1944, in Wichita, the daughter of Leonard M. and Nancy Patricia Bean Paxson. She was a longtime Topeka resident.

Miss Paxson was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her father, Leonard Paxson, Hill City.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hill City United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Penokee Cemetery in Penokee. Miss Paxson will lie in state from 2 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Spencer-Stinemetz Funeral Chapel in Hill City and after 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill City United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 13 October 2002.]


PAXSON, Nancy Patricia "Pattie" (Bean)

HILL CITY -- Nancy Patricia "Pattie" Paxson, 86, Hill City, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at a Hill City hospital.

She was born March 17, 1915, in Edmond, the daughter of Frank and Beatrice Lacefield Bean.

Mrs. Paxson was a member of the Hill City United Methodist Church, a Glorious Golden Woman of the United Methodist Women and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She married Leonard Paxson on Sept. 6, 1939, in Burton. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Paxson, Topeka.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hill City United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Penokee Cemetery at Penokee. Mrs. Paxson will lie in state after 2 p.m. today at Spencer-Steinmetz Funeral Chapel in Hill City, where Eastern Star services will be at 6:30 p.m. She will lie in state after 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill City United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral chapel.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 20 December 2001.]


PAXSON, Terry L.

PENOKEE -- Terry L. Paxson, 49, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. He was born Sept. 23, 1959, in Hill City to Donald Dale and Rea Joyce (Burton) Paxson. He was a farmer, electrician and fireman.

Survivors include his parents; a son, Heath, of Colby; daughters, Jenny Smith, of Colby, and Devin and Gabrielle Paxson, both of Hill City; sisters, Susan Borgstrom, of Windom, and Sandra Wenzl, of Marysville; and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hill City. Burial in Penokee Cemetery. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City, and from 10:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church. Memorials to his children's educational fund.

[Source: Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas), 12 November 2008.]


POAGE, Mary Ann (Nondorf)

Mary Ann Poage, daughter of John and Eliza Collett Nondorf, was born at Scandia, Republic County, Kansas on March 5, 1885, and died at the Norton County Hospital on October 23, 1971.

On January 14, 1901, in Republic County, she was united in marriage to Arthur Allan Poage. Nine children blessed this marriage, six of whom survive. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Poage moved to Oklahoma where they homesteaded.

They lived there from 1901 to 1906 when they sold their farm and returned to Republic County, near Courtland.

In 1919 they moved to Dellvale in Norton County and farmed there until 1929 when they moved to a farm East of Almena.

Mr. Poage died on December 8, 1938. In 1952 Mrs. Poage moved Norton.

Survivors include one daughter Edna and her husband, William Gray; five sons and their wives, Ivan and Faye Poage, Ray and Ivah Poage, Lloyd and Ethel Poage, Verle and Genevive Poage, and Jay and Flora Poage; 2 daughers-in-law, Mrs. Helen Poage and Mrs.Cora Henry; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Gertson, 32 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three sons; Orval, Arlie and Roy.

Burial in Mt Hope cemetery, Almena, Kansas.

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PROUT, Helen June

Helen June Prout, born June 2, 1938, in Lenora, Kansas passed away April 26, 2014. Much loved and only child of Lester and Elsie Prout, both proceeded [sic] her in death.

June attended and graduated from Lenora High School in 1956. She attended cosmetology school and later attended Fort Hays State, graduating with a Bachelors of Science/Biology Degree in 1961. In 1983 she became an employee at the State Health Lab in Lincoln, Nebraska, retiring from there in March of 2003.

She loved reading, writing, and her pet iguanas. June liked living in Norton. The people in Norton were very helpful to her. She praised her home health care providers and the EMT's. Norton was her home. Survivors include: one cousin, Larry Prout; and other relatives and friends.

Note: The funeral was held on 3 May 2014 at Enfield Funeral Home and burial was in Gettis Cemetery.

[Source: Enfield Funeral Home (Norton, Kansas), 29 April 2014.]


RIEMANN, Lucile Alice (Bernard)

DENSMORE -- Lucile Alice Riemann, 93, Densmore, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at a Logan nursing home.

She was born Feb. 21, 1907, at Otego, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Rafferty Bernard. She was a longtime Densmore resident.

Mrs. Riemann was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church until it dissolved and then became a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Logan.

She married Alf B. Riemann on Feb. 23, 1927, in Logan. He preceded her in death Aug. 22, 1987.

Survivors include three sons, Duane Riemann, Phillipsburg, Harold Riemann, Norton, and Bernard Riemann, Mesquite, Nev.; four daughters, Rita Hockman and Karen Walters, both of Densmore, Ruth Roe, Osage City, and Mary Ellen Posson, Norton; a brother, Wayne Bernard, Logan; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church at Logan. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Densmore. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Logan Funeral Home in Logan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan Manor in Logan and sent in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 2 August 2008.]


ROHLEDER, Benedict L. "Ben"

Benedict L. "Ben" Rohleder, 90, of Topeka, died September 22, 2012 at the Topeka Presbyterian Manor.

He was born in St. Peter, Kansas on August 21, 1922, the son of Conrad and Catherine (Brungardt) Rohleder. Ben served in the U.S. Army during World War II with tours in China, Burma and India.

He was a Skilled Machine Operator for Adam's Business Forms, retiring in 1987. He was also a farmer and had Arabian horses which he enjoyed raising, training and taking on trail rides.

Ben was an avid reader.

He was a member of St. Joseph/Sacred Heart Parish and Knights of Columbus Council #2608. Ben married Magdalen M. Schurr in Oakley, Kansas on January 7, 1946. She survives.

He is also survived by his children, Ron Rohleder and wife Betsy of Topeka, Mary Jo Rinehart of Topeka and John Rohleder of Wichita, brothers Leonard Rohleder of Hays, Cletus Rohleder of Phoenix, Az., a sister Genevieve Jenny Bellerive of Hays, and three grandchildren, Brent, Jason and Justin Rinehart.

Mr. Rohleder will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, where family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Thursday. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 1650.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Joseph/Sacred Heart Parish and sent in care of the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 24 September 2012.]


ROWE, Estella Jane (Tinker)

Estella Jane Tinker was born in Brooklyn, Iowa, April 19, 1869. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis W. Tinker, and the family moved to Graham County, Kansas in the pioneer days of 1885 and settled on a farm on Brush Creek ten miles south of Hill City. On July 24, 1887, she was married to John F. Rowe who owned a homestead south of Hill City. They moved into Hill City in 1892 where Mr. Rowe entered business. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rowe, two passing away in infancy, and another was taken by accident when seven years of age. Mr. Rowe departed this life July 20, 1942. Mrs. Rowe was a good wife, a kind and loving mother and a true friend and neighbor, and she will be greatly missed by her loved ones and many friends. She was not physically strong for a number of years, but she bore her affliction patiently and with courage. Since last October she made her home with her daughter in Kansas City, Missouri. The last eleven days of her life were pent in the Research Hospital in Kansas City where the end came on February 8, 1943, her age being 73 years, 9 months and 19 days. Funeral services were conducted in Hill City Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock in the afternoon of February 12, with the Rev. C. H. Harrell in charge. With Mrs. Ada Vesper accompanist, Mesdames Harold Thompson, Carroll Wainwright, Otis Cutting and E. P. Frabricius sang comforting Gospel hymns. The pall bearers were Ray Law, William McCormick, Bryan Parker, Murray Wallace, Oren Bird and William Moore. Interment was made in the Hill City cemetery. One son and one daughter survive, Harold Rowe of New York, N. Y. and Mrs. Zelma Stevenson of Kansas City. They cherish and will live to honor the memory of a good mother.

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 25 February 1943.]


ROWE, Warren I.

Warren I. Rowe, 94, Salina, formerly of Hill City, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Hospice of Salina.

He was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Seymour, Mo., to Myron and Sena (Iverson) Rowe.

He married Marjorie Morris on Nov. 18, 1952, in Hill City. He was an air traffic controller. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Salina; a son, Tim Rowe, Salina; a sister, Wilma Palm, Billings, Mont.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hill City Christian Church, Hill City; burial in Hill City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday with family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Salina, Hill City Christian Church or Graham County Hospital in care of the funeral home

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 18 August 2012.]


RUSS, Walta Wanda (Hunter)

Walta Wanda Russ, daughter of Walter and Inez (Driggs) Hunter, was born November 1, 1925, in Edmond, Kansas, and passed away at the Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kansas, on August 17, 2013, at the age of 87.

Walta grew up in the Edmond community and graduated from the Edmond High School. She married Edward Fredde in Norton on November 4, 1943, and she later married Millard "Dude" Russ on December 6, 1961, in Norton. During her life she and her family lived in the Edmond and Lenora communities before moving to Norton. Walta was not only a homemaker but also a hotel owner, café owner, nurse aide in Logan, and school cook, She also helped her husband, Dude, with the Standard station.

Walta enjoyed doing genealogy, crocheting, knitting, reading, and yard work. She had also served as a Boy Scout Leader.

Survivors include: four children, Lova and (Sherral) Perkins, Lenora; Connie Morris, Shelton, Washington; Terri (Wayne) Capps, Kirwin, Kansas; and Walter Russ, Lenora; two brothers-in-law, Veral Montgomery, Hays, Kansas; and Jim (Mildred) Bottomly, Wakeeney, Kansas; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Walta was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, and one sister, Enid Billips.

Memorials may be made to Walta Russ Memorial Fund.

Note: Burial was in Norton Cemetery.

[Source: Enfield Funeral Home (Norton, Kansas), 18 August 2013.]


SAUM, Luther E.

Luther E. Saum, 77, Smolan, died Tuesday at the Ashbury [sic] Hospital in Salina following a long illness. Saum, a former Norton County sheriff, was born Feb. 16, 1886 at Lenora. He was a retired miller and had lived in the Smolan 15 years, moving there 15 years ago from Lenora.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lavern Hall of Denver, two sons, Howard of Oberlin and Harold of Pampa, Texas, and a brother Delbert, of Salina.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 30 January 1964, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


SAYERS, Minerva Ruth (Wellington) McLead

NICODEMUS -- Services will be at noon Saturday at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Nicodemus for Minerva Ruth Sayers, 95, Nicodemus. She died Nov. 10, 2000, at a Nicodemus nursing home.

She was born April 12, 1905, in rural Graham County, the daughter of Thomas Henry and Clara Carrie Wellington.

Mrs. Sayers attended First Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and The Church of God.

She married John McLead, who preceded her in death. She later married Irvin Sayers, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a stepson, Clarence Sayers, Nicodemus; a stepdaughter, Maxine Payton, Los Angeles; and a sister, Ora Switzer, Nicodemus.

Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery in Bogue. Mrs. Sayers will lie in state from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Spencer Chapel of Hill City, and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 17 November 2000.]


SCHOEN, Ruth (Hisey)

NORTON -- Ruth Schoen, 95, Norton, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at a Norton nursing home.

Mrs. Schoen taught in rural schools for five years as a young woman and then she and her husband farmed east of Norton for 61 years.

She was born Feb. 3, 1906, south of Lenora, the daughter of Warren and Hattie Hanselman Hisey. She moved with her family to Lenora in 1921. She graduated from Lenora Rural High School and attended Normal Institute Training in Norton and Fort Hays State College. She moved from the farm to Norton in 1990.

Mrs. Schoen was a member of the L.D. Club, a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Extension Homemakers Unit, a member and president of the Clayton Senior Citizens and a member of the Helianthus Club in Norton. She attended First United Methodist Church in Norton.

She married Arnold Marion Schoen on May 1, 1929. He died Sept. 11, 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Carmen Rowley, Richardson, Texas; a sister, Lucile Hisey, Topeka; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday at Enfield Funeral Home in Norton. Burial was in Clayton Cemetery at Clayton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Nature Conservancy, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, Va., 22209.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 26 October 2001.]


SCHOOLEY, Tillie (Honomichl) Baird

Tillie Schooley, age 100, passed away Wed. July 29, 1998 at the Hays Medical Center, Hays, KS. She had resided at the St. John's Nursing Home since May 1994.

Tillie was the first child of John and Mary (Novak) Honomichl. She was born March 17, 1898 on a farm south of Lucas, KS. Tillie had three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Tillie married George Baird, Nov. 11, 1919. They had one daughter, Inez, born Dec. 18, 1920 and died May 30, 1936. During the war years George and Tillie ran a cab service here in Russell. George passed away Jan. 16, 1947.

Tillie ran a laundromat here in Russell for the next few years. On Oct. 2, 1954, Tillie married Ralph Schooley. Ralph passed away in 1965.

Tillie enjoyed crocheting and embroidering, and working crossword puzzles. She was a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years. During this time she was very active with Rainbow Girls, serving as their Worthy Advisor. Tillie was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries.

Tillie is survived by four nephews: Robert Krause, Ted Krause, Steve Honomichl and Larry Honomichl; and two nieces: Susan Horacek and Norma Wilson.

Note: Burial was in Penokee Cemetery.

[Source: Funeral card.]


SCHUETTE, Mildred June (von Forell)

Mildred June (von Forell) Schuette, 91, Hays, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell, Kansas.

She was born June 23, 1922 on the family farm near Lenora, Kansas in Graham, County to August G. and Maude M. (McKenney ) von Forell. She graduated from Norton Community High School, Norton, KS with the class of 1940. She has been a Hays resident since 1979. She was a florist at Drakes Norton Greenhouse from 1958 until 1975 and was a bookkeeper at Hadley Hospital and High Plains Mental Health Center from 1979 until 1985.

She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Business Professional Women from 1958 until 1985. She was a volunteer at the Hadley Hospital Gift Shop and loved flowers.

Survivors include a daughter Gloria Battin and husband John of Ulysses, KS and three sons Galen McFarland and wife Rose of Hays, Gary McFarland and wife Martha of Edwardsville, IL, and Greg McFarland of Olathe, KS, eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother Arthur von Forell and sisters Fern Russ and Cleo Stone.

Private family services will be on Monday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with private family burial in the Lenora South Cemetery, Lenora, KS.

The family suggests memorials in Mildred's memory to the Hays Christian Church or to the TMP-Marian Girls Basketball Team, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com

[Source: Lenora Cemetery Association records.]


SCOTT, Robert D.

Robert D. Scott, 70, Collyer, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Studley to Leroy Winfield and Mary Mildred (Irwin) Scott.

He was a construction worker.

Survivors include three sons, Steven Scott, Thorton, Colo., Justin Scott, Westminster, Colo., and Jason Stueve, Broomfield, Colo.; two daughters, Melinda Jackson, Brighton, Colo., and Megan Johnson, Westminister; eight brothers, Mike Scott, John Paul Scott and Art Scott, all of Hoxie, Bill Scott, Rexford, Steve Scott, Grand Canyon, Ariz., C.R. Scott, Martha, Okla., Pete Scott, Hill City, and Ty Scott, Cripple Creek, Colo.; four sisters, Joan Scott, Edmond, Okla., Mary Ann Volmert, St. Louis, Diana Scott, San Diego, and Carolyn Scott, Hoxie; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City; burial in Lucerne Cemetery, rural Sheridan County.

There will be no visitation.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 26 September 2013.]


SCOTT, Victor A. "Vic"

Victor A. "Vic" Scott, 57, Sterling, formerly of Hill City, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

He was born Oct. 28, 1955, in Hoxie to LeRoy Winfield and Mary Mildred (Irwin) Scott.

He was self-employed.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Scott, Olmitz, and Aaron Scott, Souix City, Iowa; significant companion, Jan Hilgers, Sterling; nine brothers, Mike Scott, John Paul Scott and Art Scott, all of Hoxie, Bill Scott, Rexford, Steve Scott, Grand Canyon, Ariz., C.R. Scott, Martha, Okla,, Bob Scott, Collyer, Pete Scott, Hill City, and Ty Scott, Cripple Creek, Colo.; four sisters, Joan Scott, Edmond, Okla., Mary Ann Volmert, St. Louis, Diana Scott, San Diego, and Carolyn Scott, Hoxie; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City; burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lucerne Cemetery, rural Sheridan County.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Victor Scott Memorial in care of the funeral home.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 3 July 2013.]


SERENA, Luis

Luis Serena was born at Salica, Italy, March 21, 1851, and passed away at his home north of Bogue, Kansas, Saturday evening, May 20, 1939, at the age of 88 years, one month, 29 days. He grew to manhood in Italy. At the age of ten years, he started learning the baker trade and worked at that trade for a number of years. At the age of 19 years he went to France and began working in the coal mines. IN 1872 he was married to Margarette Correlli, to this union one child was born. In 1874, he and his family came to America. His first work after coming to this country was at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. He picked cranberries in New Jersey and later mined coal in Illinois, In 1879 he came to Kansas and took out a homestead six miles northwest of Bogue. A short time after coming to this country his first wife died and in 1883, he married Carolina Schuler. To this union ten children were born. Four preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his death his widow, four sons and three daughters. Hattie Reynolds, Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Annie Hall, Moorefield, Nebraska; Lottie Wilbert and John Serena, of Kuna, Idaho; William Serena, of Deertrail, Colorado; Frank and Wayne Serena, of Bogue, Kansas; 27 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, also a number of other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held from the Township Hall, at Bogue Tuesday afternoon, May 23, at 2:00 o'clock. Interment was made at the Bogue Cemetery [Wildhorse Township Cemetery]. Rev. G. C. Milner in charge.

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SHELEY, Martha Jane (Weekley)

Martha Jane Sheley, daughter of Artemus and Emma Waltin Weekley was born January 18, 1886 at Fall City, Nebraska and died on July 22, 1980 at the Andbe home in Norton, at the age of 94 years, 5 months and 24 days. Martha came to Norton County with her family when she was one year old. She attended Norton County Schools and grew to womanhood here. On July 26, 1909, Martha and Chester Sheley were married at Beatrice, Nebr. They traveled and made their home in area states for ten years while they worked for the Harvey House News Service. In 1919, they moved to Chester's parents' home on the farm eight miles north and two miles west where they cared for his parents and farmed until selling the farm in 1964 and retiring and moving into Norton. While on the farm they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in July 1959. Mr Sheley died in October 12, 1967. She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

Note: Burial was in Norton Cemetery.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas) undated clipping.]


SIMON, Neva E. (Clark)

Neva E. Simon, 87, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at Brewster Place Retirement Community in Topeka.

She was born on February 16, 1921 in Morland, KS, the daughter of Albert J. and Dulcie Bell Clark. She graduated from Morland High School, and attended Fort Hays State Teachers College. Neva taught school in a one room school house in western Kansas, resided in Russell, KS for 3 years and has lived in Topeka since 1952. She was a teacher aide for 8 years, teaching at Parkdale, Sheldon and Rice Elementary Schools before retiring in 1971.

She was a member of Topeka Bible Church and was active with the Christian Womens Club.

Neva married Vergil L. Simon on May 29, 1949 in Morland, KS. He preceded her in death on February 7, 2002.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Spees of Topeka, three sons, Bernard L. Simon of Grandview, MO, Keith W. Simon of Steamboat Springs, CO, Greg L. Simon of Midland, TX, ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at Topeka Bible Church. Graveside committal services will follow at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sheridan Co, KS. Neva will lie in state after 3:00 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to Topeka Bible Church, 1035 S.W. College St., Topeka, KS 66604.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 27 May 2008.]


SIMON, Vergil L.

Vergil L. Simon, 80, Topeka, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at a Topeka hospital after he suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Simon worked for the Kansas Power and Light Co. for 32 years. He retired and he later was a self-employed tax consultant for several years. He served in Italy in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Quinter, the son of George F. and Nella B. Carley Simon. He attended Fort Hays State University and earned a bachelor's degree in business from The University of Kansas in 1947. He had lived in Topeka for 50 years.

Mr. Simon was a member of Topeka Bible Church, where he served as an elder, deacon and treasurer, and taught Sunday school. He was on the board of directors for Topeka Youth for Christ and a charter board member of the Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association.

He married Neva E. Clark on May 29, 1949, in Morland. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Debbie Spees, Topeka; three sons, Bernard L. Simon, Harrisonville, Mo., Keith Simon, Topeka, and Greg L. Simon, Midland, Texas; a brother, Edwin Simon, Studley; three sisters, Wilma Mader, Jennings, Elaine Wagner, Quinter, and Winifred McCullough, Abilene, Texas; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Topeka Bible Church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sheridan County. Mr. Simon will lie in state after 2 p.m. Sunday at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, where visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Bible Church Building Fund, 1101 S.W. Mulvane Ave., Topeka, 66604.

[Source: Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, Kansas), 9 February 2002.]


SMITH, Armida Marian (Gishwiller)

Armida Marian Smith, lifelong Almena resident died August 1, 1983 at the Lutheran Hospital in Wheatridge, Colorado at the age of 74. Services will be held Friday, August 5th at the Almena United Methodist Church with Rev. Cecil Rankin officiating.

Internment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery of Almena. A memorial has been established to the Almena UMChurch, friends may call at Enfield Funeral Home, Norton, Thursday until Friday A.M. then at the church in Almena until service time.

Armida was born August 20, 1909 at Almena, the daughter of Louis and Blanche Wade Gishwiller. She grew to womanhood in that community and attended rural grade school, and Almena High School graduating with the class of 1928,

She was married to Lauren Elmer Smith on November 8, 1930 at Oberlin, Kansas, following their marriage they lived on a farm NW of Almena until the fall of 1963 when she moved to Almena.

Mr. Smith died September 29, 1963.

She was active in the Almena UME Church and the ME Church Women and Almena Rebekah Lodge. Willing Workers quilt club.

Survivors include a daughter, Louse & Darrell Webber of Arvada, Colorado; a son Loyal & Glenda Smith of Hays, Kansas brother Eugene & Irva Gishwiller of Manhattan, Kansas. 2 sisters Winifred Hedgesof, Boise, Idaho, Florence Smith of Vixon, California, 4 grandsons; other relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

[Source: Norton Daily Telegram (Norton, Kansas), 1 August 1983.]


SMITH, Arza Claude

Funeral Services for Arza C. Smith Held at Morland

Arza C. Smith, of Bennington, Kansas, and a former resident of Graham and Sheridan counties for over 70 years, died Sunday evening, November 11 [1962], at his home in Bennington. He had been in failing health for the past five years and had been a patient at Asbury Hospital in Salina most of the time since June 14.

Funeral services were conducted at the Morland Methodist church Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allen Musbach and Rev. HaroldHolland, both of Morland, officiating. Burial was in the Lucerne cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Nichols, Morticians, Morland, were in charge of arrangements.
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Arza Claude Smith, was born March 15, 1888, on a farm north and west of Morland near Gradan, a son of Harvey and Emily Smith. He lived in this area most of his life where he was engaged in farming.

He married Myrtle Yocom, of Morland on April 22, 1908. They were the parents of six sons, four of whom survive their parents. Mrs. Smith died July 4, 1951.

The Smiths lived in the Gradan neighborhood until 1921 when they moved to a farm north and west of Lucerne where they lived until 1935, returning to Graham county. They moved to Morland in 1948.

Mr. Smith joined the Gradan Methodist church when a young man and remained active in church work and community affairs all his life until his health failed. He joined the IOOF Lodge in Lenora and was a Past Noble Grand.

He was married to Mrs. Idella Warren of Lamar, Kansas on September 13, 1952. They lived in MOrland until they moved to Bennington about three years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Idella, four sons, eight grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters, six step children besides other relatives and friends.

The sons are: Lowell C., of Lenora; Virl W., of Wapato, Washington; Ray, of Hoxie, and Dale, of Morland. The brothers are Clyde, of Emporia, Kansas; Rev. F. G. Smith, of Grand Junction, Colorado; Walter, of Salina. The sisters are: Mrs. Adella Sodolski, of Alhambra, California; Mrs. Verda Witham, of Salina, Kansas; and Mrs. Eula Zimmans of Wellsville, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Myrtle, two sons, Kenneth, who died in 1918, and Roland, who lost his life in France on July 4, 1944, during World War II, and one grandson, Laverne.

[Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 14 November 1962, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


SMITH, Jack D.

Jack D. Smith, 82, WaKeeney, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

Memorial graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Almena.

A reception for friends and family will follow at Methodist Church, Almena.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 10 May 2006.]


SMITH, Dr. Jay L.

Dr. Jay L. Smith.
Former Kansas City, Kansas Physician Dies at Norcatur.

Dr. Jay L. Smith, 53 years old, a former resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and the son of the late Dr. W. H. Smith of Kansas City, Kansas, died Saturday at his home at Norcatur, Kas. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas. His first practice was in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Smith was a member of the American Medical association, the Modern Woodmen, the I. O. O. F. and the Masonic lodge at Norcatur and was a member of the Scottish rite consistory and the Isis shrine at Salina, Kas.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday at the graveside at the Mt. Moriah cemetery with the Wyandotte Masonic lodge in charge. Services will be held at Norcatur at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and the body will be taken to the Long chapel in Kansas City, Kansas, Wednesday morning.

Dr. Smith leaves his wife, Mrs. Edith Smith, and a daughter, Miss Virginia Smith, both of the home; two sons, Jay L. Smith, jr., Topeka; William E. Smith, Jackson, Miss., and his mother, Mrs. Etta J. Smith, 742 Washington boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas

[Source: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 27 September 1943.]


SNYDER, Mary Goldia (Wallace)

Buhler - Mary Goldia Snyder, 103, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at the Sunshine Home.

She was born Dec. 10, 1893, at Spring Creek in rural Graham County to the Rev. Robert J. and Sarah Melissa (Stonehocker) Wallace. She married J. Frank Snyder at Spring Creek on May 5, 1915.

She lived in rural Graham County until 1969, when she moved to Olathe to live with her daughter. A teacher and a homemaker, she was a member of the Hill City United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and the Spring Creek Extension Group.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Olomon, Garden City, and Loree Pembleton, Olathe; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 17, 1973; four brothers; a sister; and two daughters, Doris Misenhimer and Lois Blackford.

Services were Saturday at the Spencer Chapel, Hill City, with the Rev. Hary Fink officiating; burial in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City.

Memorials are suggested to the Buhler Sunshine Home or to the Hill City United Methodist Church.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 6 July 1997.]


SONNTAG, Jacob M.

Jacob Sonntag Dies
Jacob Sonntag, aged 68 years, died Monday at his home near Penokee. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Catholic Church at Densmore.

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 25 May 1939.]


Jacob M. Sonntag was born near Seneca, Kans., June 24, 1870, and departed this life May 22, 1939, at his home in Penokee, Kansas, after a prolonged illness, at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 28 days. He came to Norton county with his parents at the age of 10 years where he resided until 1927. He then moved to Graham county where he made his home until his death. He was unied in marriage to Alice Donnelly June 4, 1891. To this union nine children were born, all of which survive. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, and children, Mrs. Arthur Kobler and Mrs. Claude Baird, Penokee; Norbert Sonntag, Norton; Arthur Sonntag, Newport, Nebraska; Paul, Jake, Francis and Mary Barnes, of Penokee; and Mrs. Donald Long, of Edmond. One sister, Mrs. W. T. Fall, of Herrington, Kansas; two brothers, B. A. Sonntag, of Oakwood, Oklahoma and H. L. Sonntag of Silt, Colorado. Eleven grandchildren and a host of friends. Interment was made in Calvary Cemetery at Densmore, with Rev. Peter Keogan officiating at the Requiem Mass.

[Source: Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 1 June 1939.]

SPAULDING, Lula Faye (McKie) Beach

In Loving Memory of

Lula Faye Spaulding

Lula Faye Spaulding, daughter of Samuel and Martha Jane Lee McKie, was born April 9, 1895 in Phillips County, Kansas and passed away at the Norton County Hospital on September 7, 1974 at the age of 78 years 4 months and 28 days.

Faye attended rural school North of Densmore and was reared in that neighborhood. On December 11, 1916 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Chester W. Beach. To this union, one son, Lewis, was born. Mr. and Mrs. Beach farmed north of Densmore until 1962 when they moved to Edmond, Kansas. After Mr. Beach's death on July 6, 1971, Mrs. Beach moved to Norton where she made her home until her death.

On July 1, 1973 at Norton, Kansas, she was united in marriage to O. J. Spaulding. They have made their home at 334 North State Street, Norton, Kansas.

Faye was a member of the Edmond Christian Church until 1972 when she transferred her membership to the Christian Church in Norton. She was also a member of the Edmond E. H. U. Club, The Rebekah Lodge in Norton and a charter member of the North Densmore Club.

She is survived by her husband, O. J. Spaulding, of the home, one son and his wife, Lewis and Dorothy Beach, Norton, Kansas, one sister and her husband, Marie and Francis Hewett, Norton, and 2 grandchildren, Becky Anderson, Norton, and Sharon McGee, Ponca City, Oklahoma. Great grandchildren, Scott Anderson, Norton and Amy McGee, Ponca City, Oklahoma, other relatives and many friends also suvive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Chester W. Beach.

Place and Time of Services:
Edmond Christian Church
Edmond, Kansas
Tuesday, September 10, 1974-10:00 a.m.

Minister
Darel Boston

Music
"In The Garden"
"How Great Thou Art"

Soloist
Mrs. Howard Brown

Accompanist
Mrs. Burton Griffey

Casket Bearers
Archie Brooks, Amon Smith, Evert Stephen, Frank Brooks, Pat Brown, Burton Griffey, Jr.

Concluding Service and Interment
Edmond Cemeteryy
Edmond, Kansas

Arrangements by
Enfield-Eckhart Funeral Home
Norton, Kansas

[Source: Funeral card.]


SPELLMAN, Philomelia (Armstrong)

Philomelia Armstrong Spellman was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, August 27, 1827, died September 8th, 1908, aged 81 years and 11 days.

She moved to Indiana when she was married Nov. 27, 1847.

From here she and her husband went to Iowa, whence they came to Graham county in 1880.

Her husband departed this life in 1893.

The deceased leaves two nieces in Missouri and two children to mourn her demise, Charles A. Spellman and Minnie Bell Craig, five having died earlier in life.

Mrs. Spellman was a member of the Congregational church for many years.

She was one of the charter members of the Presbyterian church at old Gettysburg and died a faithful member of the Hill City Presbyterian Church at the home of her daughter.

During her short illness she expressed a readiness and willingness to go, but did not like to leave her children.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. L. Keeler, her pastor at the church.

The text was taken from Rev. 22:14 "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in though the gates into the city."

Note: Burial was in Hill City Cemetery.

[Source: The People's Reveille (Hill City, Kansas), 10 September 1908.]


SPILLMAN, Franklin E.

Franklin E. Spillman was born near Haywood, Republic County, Kansas on November 11, 1875. After a short illness he passed quietly away at 2:00 Tuesday morning, May 24, 1956 at the home of his son Amos Spillman, at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 13 days.

At the age of five years, after the death of his father, he moved with his family by covered wagon to Sheridan County, Kansas. There he met Margaret Ann Foster and on April 25, 1897, they were united in marriage. To this union, two sons were born, Amos of Craig, Colorado and Glenn of Hutchison [sic Hutchinson], Kansas.

He was engaged in farming and ranching in western Kansas until 1927. Then he moved near Craig, Colorado and continued to be in the farm and ranch business with Amos until 1947, when he and Mrs. Spillman retired and moved to Craig.

For the past four years he has made his home with his son, Amos at 366 School Street, Craig, Colorado.

On April 25, 1947, Mr. and Mrs. Spillman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Craig, Colorado.

In July, 1951, they started out to visit their children in Kansas. They visited Myrtle at Hugo Colorado and on to visit a son, Clarence at Lenora, Kansas. There Mrs. Spillman became ill and passed away October 10, 1951.

Mr. Spillman was a home-loving father, always willing to sacrifice for the good of his children and grandchildren

He leaves to mourn his passing two sons, Amos of Craig, Colorado and Glenn, of Hutchison, Kansas; 3 step-children, Myrtle Aumiller of Hugo, Colorado and Clarence Foster of Lenora, Kansas and Floyd Foster of Craig, Colorado; one half brother, Eliphalet Foster of Oberlin, Kansas; thirty nine grandchildren, forty two great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Franklin E. Spillman, stepfather of Clarence Foster of Lenora were held from the First Church of God on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 with Reverend Keith G. Prunty, officiating. Services had also been held in Craig, Colorado at the home of Mr. Spillman on Saturday. Burial was held at the South Cemetery at Lenora.

Cutting Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

Casket bearers were Norman Spillman, Vdal Spillman, Lyle Foster, Lawrence Foster, Robert Foster, and Floyd Foster. Music by Mrs. Bernard Lemon and Mrs. Keith Prunty with Mrs. M. M. Leidig as organist.

[Source: Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 30 May 1956.]


STEPHEN, Tamara Denise "Tammy" (Veatch)

Tamara Denise "Tammy" Stephen, 54, Bogue, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 11, 1959, in Hays to Gerrell and Joyce (Mowry) Veatch.

She married Greg Stephen on July 22, 1977, in Hill City. He preceded her in death June 6, 1993. She was a cosmetologist.

Survivors include a son, Lyal Stephen, Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Chelsey Stephen, Midland, Texas; her mother, Joyce Girot, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a brother, Mark Veatch, Broken Arrow; two sisters, Rocklyn Pimlott, and Brenda Dinkel, both of Hill City; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Bogue; burial in Wildhorse Township Cemetery, Bogue.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to Shriners Children's Hospital, Graham County Tough Enough or the scholarship fund at Hays Academy of Hair Design, all in care of Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City.

[Source: Hays Daily News (Hays, Kansas), 14 September 2013.]


STONE, Hugh E.

Hugh Stone, 65, dies today at hospital

Hugh E. Stone, 65, a longtime resident of Norton County, died this morning at the Norton Hospital. Mr. Stone had gone to his farm near Densmore this morning, and, since he was not feeling well, came back home and went to the hospital. He died of an apparent heart attack soon after entering the hospital.

Mr. Stone was born Dec. 13, 1900, near Wilsonville, Nebr., the son of Fred Stone and Emma McKee Stone. He was married at Norton Sept. 25, 1922, to Florence French who survives him. They lived on a farm north of Densmore until moving to Norton in December 1962. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Other survivors include two sons, Lonn Stone of Milwaukee, Wis., and Victor Stone, of Denver; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Oren Billips of Hill City and Mrs. Bernard Ankenman of Fresno, Calif.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Ralph.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Scott-Brantley Funeral home of Norton.

[Source: Undated newspaper clipping contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]


Funeral is held for Hugh E. Stone, 65

Hugh E. Stone, son of Fred and Emma McKee Stone was born on December 13, 1900 near Wilsonville, Nebr. He died on Friday morning, Feb. 25, at the Norton County Hospital after suffering a heart attack, while he was at his farm near Densmore.

He spent his early life near Wilsonville. The family later moved to Long Island, before going to the Densmore community.

He was married to Florence French on Sept. 25, 1922, at Norton. To this union two sons were born, Lonn and Victor. They lived on the farm north of Densmore until moving to Norton in 1962.

Hugh was always active in community affairs, having served on the Pike's Peak Grade School Board, the Densmore high School Board and Lincoln Township Board and was active in the A.C.C. work. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Florence of the home; his two sons and daughter-in-laws, Victor and Janet Stone of Denver and Lonn and Gloria of Milwaukee, Wis.; six grandchildren, Mary Ann, Julia, and Stephen Stone of Denver, David, Rebecca and Heidi Ann Stone of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Mrs. Oren (Opal) Billips, Hill City, and Mrs. Bernard (Bernice) Ankenman, Fresno, Calif., and many other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, one brother, Ralph, and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held from the Scott-Brantley Funeral Home, Monday Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Tracy Archer officiating. Music was furnished by Leland Griffin with Mrs. Griffin organist. Hymns sung were "Beyond The Sunset" and "Beautiful Garden Of Prayer."

Casket bearers were T. F. Schneider, Leland Archer, Ray Walters, Floyd McKie, Alf Riemann and Fred Pflieger.

Interment was at the Norton Cemetery.

Relatives attending services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Victor Stone, Mary Ann, Julia and Stephen, Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Lonn Stone, David, Rebecca and Heidi Ann, Hales Corners, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McKee, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duff, Decatur, Ga; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest French, Minneapolis, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Chester French, Council Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney French, Bennington, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Billips, Penokee; Mr. and Mrs. Don Billips, Hill City; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin French, Harper; Mr. and Mrs. Leo States, Logan, and Mrs. Loel McCray, Phillipsburg.

[Source: Unidentifed newspaper clipping, dated 1 March 1966, contained in a scrapbook kept by Nora Sanborn; now owned by Src #18 who granted permission for use on Solomon Valley Chronicles.]



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