Dianna Lynn (Short) Sherman Castle of Hamilton, Kan., 54, died on Aug. 29, 2013, in Tulsa. She worked at several jobs and was working for Schlotterbeck Machine Shop at the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin “Pat” and Lola (Crabtree) Sherman, two sisters, and one brother. She is survived by her daughter Betsy Penfield of Waipahu, Hawaii; brother Melvin Sherman of Hamilton; and her long time companion Allen Wyckoff of Hamilton.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Koup Family Funeral Home with interment following at Janesville Cemetery, Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers send donations to the Hamilton Public Library in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045.
Doris A. (Criser) Warner, 85, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at Veranda Senior Living, Wichita where she had been a resident since July 2013.
Doris was born Jan. 15, 1928, in rural Augusta to Jesse Floyd Criser and Clara Augusta (Mulch) Criser. She went to school in a one-room country schoolhouse (Indianola Grade School) in rural Augusta to seventh grade. In 1940, her family moved to a farm near Viola, and she finished the seventh grade at A&V country school. She attended eighth grade in Viola, and graduated from Viola High School with the class of 1945. She continued her education at Southwestern College at Winfield.
On Jan. 6, 1946, Doris was united in marriage to Robert LeRoy Warner at the home of her parents near Viola. Doris and Bob were married 61 years until Bob’s death in December 2007. They had three children, Ronald Leroy, Larry Dean, and Patti Arlene. The couple moved into Viola when Bob returned from the Air Force, constructing a new home in 1951 and living there until Bob’s entry into Spring View Manor in 2005 and Doris’s entry into Gracious Living Senior Care in 2013.
Doris joined Central Baptist Church near Augusta when she was nine years old, accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized in the Santa Fe Lake near Augusta. She joined the Viola Baptist Church when she moved to Viola. Upon marrying Bob, she moved her church membership to Viola United Presbyterian Church, where she was still a member.
Doris spent many years, as her children were growing up, teaching Sunday school classes and Bible songs to the children at Sunday School. She sang in the church choir and helped many years with Bible School.
While Bob finished his Air Force enlistment, Doris worked as a clerk at the Viola Post Office. After her children were older, she was employed 10 years at Shepler’s in Wichita in the retail and mail order division. She also worked at Harper Truck in the accounting department and the Wichita Eagle.
Doris was an avid sports fan – always at games to watch and cheer on Ron, Larry, and Patti as they competed in sports events. She continued attending games of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She enjoyed boating and water skiing with Bob, her family and friends. Doris always enjoyed having the grandchildren at her home, as well as their friends. Growing flowers, especially roses, was a passion of Doris’s.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob in 2007, her son Larry in 2003, her son Ron in 2012, two grandaughters, Cherese Michelle Lange in 1985, and Janet Michelle (Warner) Hunter in 2008, three sisters, Infant baby Evelyn, Glennys Lee Criser, Alvena Marie (Criser) Settergren and brother-in-law Lawrence Settergren.
Doris is survived by one daughter; Patti Lange and husband Jeff of Conway Springs, KS, two daughter-in-laws, Barbara Warner of Viola, Barbara (Warner) Cole of Haysville, KS. Grandchildren are Bobbi Pauly, Tiffani, Chelsi, Rachel and Stratton Lange and Joni, Sean, and Julie Warner. Great grandchildren are Brent, Nathan and (Julie), Mason, and Katherine Pauly, Erica Lill, Gunner Williams, Kade Payne, and great-great grandchild, Lucas Pauly. She is also survived by nieces: Carol Kay Settergren of Raytown, MO, Kathy Cain and her husband, Bill, of Orlando, FL, two great nieces: Deanna (Cain) Swafford and her husband Kevin, Kristin Cain, and a great-great nephew, Hunter Swafford.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Rev. Michael Roberts, officiating. Interment was in Viola Cemetery, Viola, Kansas. Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.com.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs.
Wilmeth Ann Houston, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in the Anthony Medical Center at the age of 68.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Pete, Donnie, Gary, Jimmy, and Ray Houston and Ray’s twin sister, Faye Houston; and two nephews, Mark Ewertz and Ernie Kohn.
Annie is survived by her sisters: Rosemary Houston, Anthony; twin sisters, Karen Houston, Anthony, and Kay Jones, Rose Hill; Linda Kohn and husband, Bob of Evans, Colo.; and Cathy Ewertz and husband, Bill also of Anthony; one brother; Kenny Houston and wife, Diana of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony. Burial was in the Hardtner Cemetery, Hardtner.
Memorials in memory of Annie may be made to Anthony Senior Citizens and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, Inc., 602 E. Main St. Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com
Susan McNeil, of Argonia, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at the age of 59.
Susan was born the daughter of Ed and Letha Saunders on, May 10, 1954, in Wellington. On Jan. 10, 1981, Susan and Mike McNeil were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage.
Susan was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, daughter and sister. Before Susan attended nursing school, she worked at the Slate Creek Depot in Wellington. She later worked 10 years as a registered nurse at the former Wellington St. Luke’s Hospital. She later joined with her husband to work at the family business of McNeil Woodworks in Argonia. Susan’s greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren, and she loved them greatly. She enjoyed gardening and loved antiques.
“You’ve taught me so much, I’ve watched how you live, how you chase after life, and you inspire me to greater things.”
Survivors include her husband, Mike McNeil of Argonia; mother, Letha Saunders of Wellington; brother, Michael Saunders and his wife Kelly of Lafayette, Colo.; daughters, Brynn Richardson and her husband Tim of Wichita; Kelsey Curry and her husband D.J. of Wellington, Kan.; son, Brett McNeil and his wife Julie of Andover; grandchildren, Alex Richardson, Samuel Richardson, Jackson Curry, Makenzie Curry, Elizabeth Curry, Elliott McNeil and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Ed Saunders.
Visitation will be held at the Day funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services for Susan will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey in Wellington.
Interment will follow at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
To share a memory or leave condolences, visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
Leonard Joseph “Lenny” Erker, 65, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10 2013.
Erker was born Sept. 7, 1947 in Wichita and was the son of the late Aloysius Erker and Ann Meyer Erker. Mr. Erker was the director of Respite, Project C.A.R.E., the Department of Aging and Volunteer Services, and was on the Land-of-Sky Regional Council.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy Ellen Fargo; five sons, Christopher G.M. Fargo-Masuda, Melka Thomas Erker, Nicholas Thanh Hai Fargo Erker, Eric Kamalu Erker and Joseph Ayman Erker; four daughters, Malina Lihua Fargo Erker, Lani Marie Fargo Erker, Jemila Ellen Erker and Jayma Imara Erker; a brother, Leroy (Melanie) Erker; a sister, Kathleen (Ted) Ast; two stepbrothers, Larry (Pat) Rau of Hereford, Ariz. and Marvin (Kate) Rau of Bonner Springs; and a stepsister, Joann Rau of Garden Plain.
He was preceded in death by stepmother, Barbara Rau Erker; and a stepbrother, Duane Rau.
Len has asked that his cremated remains be scattered by his children on his farm.
In remembrance of this truly giving and passionate man, a memorial fund has been established to assist his nine children, eight of whom were adopted from Ethiopia, Haiti, China and Vietnam. The address is Len Erker Fund: C/O TD Bank 335 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville, NC 28806.
Aside from being a devoted husband and father, Len had a genuine heartfelt and professional commitment to enhancing quality of life for the elderly. His goal was to enable elderly people to live at home, cared for by family, rather than in an institution. Len knew he could accomplish this only by supporting caregivers, thus his role with Project Care, Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.
Jesse D. Headgepath
Jesse D. Headgepath, 72, a retired superintendent for city and county flood control, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.
Jesse was born on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1940 in Bell Gardens Precinct of Los Angeles, Calif. He was the second of four children born to his parents, Earl Henry Headgepath and Mary Lucille Forshee.
On Oct. 25, 1959, Jesse was united in marriage to Janice E. Simons at Meridian Ave. Baptist Church in west Wichita. He worked as a flood control supervisor for city and county in Wichita for 32 years.
Jesse was a member of the First Christian Church in Clearwater. He was also an Elks Post Exalted Ruler and member, and a life member of the Elks. He also was a former member of Ninnescah Good Sam’s Camping Group. He enjoyed camping, boating and traveling. He loved to tell jokes and tell stories.
He was preceded in death by his son, J.D. Headgepath, Jr; and his parents, Earl and Mary (Forshee) Headgepath.
He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Janice; a son, Terry (Dynette) Headgepath of Clearwater; a brother, Earl H. Headgepath, II (Eileen) of Sepulpa, Okla.; sisters, Louise Gleeson and Brenda (Carl) Myers, all of Wichita; seven grandchildren, Kayla Headgepath-Nott, Cory Headgepath, Jacob Headgepath, Emily Headgepath, Annie Headgepath-Robinson, Zach Hill and Braden Hill; and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Robinson.
Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at 11 a.m., at the First Christian Church. Interment was in Clearwater Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with First Christian Church, 524 Wood, Clearwater, KS 67026.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Theodoris J. “Ted” Schmitz, 91, a farmer and veteran of World War II, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
Survivors include one brother, Francis Schmitz of College Station, Texas; two sons, John Schmitz of Schulte and Jim Schmitz (Karla) of Conway Springs; a daughter, Susan (Gary) Hughes of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; four sons, Paul, Mark, Anthony and Phillip; two daughters, Sharon and Annette; a brother, Max Schmitz; and two sisters, Leona Baalmann and Marie Beat.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 and a funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, both at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Schulte.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church Buiding Fund, 11000 Southwest Blvd., Wichita, KS 67215.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Barbara J. (Harroff) Stevens, LPN and homemaker, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Clearwater United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Niles, Mich.
Barbara was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in Niles, to Clarence E. Harroff and Marion Harroff. She was united in marriage to Dale E. Stevens on Jan. 3, 1959, in Niles.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; daughter, Connie Chew; parents, Clarence and Marion Harroff; and brothers, James and Carl. Survivors include her sons, Mark (Keri) Stevens of Clearwater, and Michael (Janet) Stevens of Hartsville, Tenn.; daughters, Heidi (Mark) Jolliffe of Wichita, and Hayley (Jim) Beiker of Clearwater; grandchildren, Joey Beyer, Micha Truong, Santtana Seal, Miranda Seal, Bleir Beyer, Garrison Chew, Landon Chew, and Megan, Emma and Michael Stevens; and great-grandchildren, Madison Seal, Jada Bell Seal, London Truong and Aiden Beyer.
Memorials may be sent to the Wichita Children’s Hospital, 810 Holyoke St., Wichita, KS 67208.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Mitchel Aaron (Sears) Satterfield, 23, security officer, was found dead Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Services have been held.
Survivors include his parents, Sherry Norton and Scott C. Sears; sister, Miranda Satterfield (Chad Schofield); brothers, Justin and Erik Satterfield; grandparents, Kenneth and Grace Norton; uncle, Kenneth Norton, Jr.; aunt, Lisa (Rob) Kriszcziokaitis; and cousins, Natalie, Jessica and Allen.
Services were by Broadway Mortuary.
Kenneth Smith, age 81, of Wichita, original owner and operator of Ken’s Auto Tow, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, with family present 5:30-7 p.m. at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary in Clearwater. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Glenville Baptist Church in Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; son, Dwight; three sisters; and one brother. Survivors include his daughter Deborah (Joe) Garcia of Wichita; daughter-in-law Leslie Smith of Wichita; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Kansas Specialty Service Dogs, 124 W. 7th St., Washington, KS 66968-2222. Arrangements were handled by Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater.
Wilma “Boodle” Woods (Jennings), age 86, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at First Baptist Church in Haysville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Tiny; parents, Otis and Velma (Mann) Jennings; sister, Opal Kirby; and brother, O.V. Jennings. Survivors include her sons, Jerrel (Andrea) Woods of Mulvane, and Keith (Sheryl) Woods of Haysville; sister, Mattie (Dorsey) Brown of Wichita; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of Wichita, 439 N. McLean, Ste. 100, Wichita, KS 67203 or First Baptist Church, 125 S. Delos, Haysville, KS 67060.
Gilberta M. Forrest, 92, died August 13, 2013, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.
She was born March 10, 1921, in Anthony, the daughter of Gilbert A. and Marie Schmidt Stiles. She was a lifelong Argonia and Freeport resident until moving to Larned three years ago. She was a farmwife.
She belonged to the United Methodist Church, V.F.W. and the American Legion.
On June 1, 1941, she married A. Ray Rusco at Alva, Oklahoma. He passed away Sept. 26, 1959. She married Wayne Forrest in the early 1970s. He passed away in 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Rae Roth (Bill) of Larned; daughter-in-law Sharon Rusco of Argonia; four grandchildren, Billy Roth (Tiffany), Debby Kirby (Jamie), both of Larned, Ryan Rusco (Abby) of Conway Springs, and Robyn Stiles (PJ) of Goddard; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Ray Rusco.
Graveside service was Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, with Pastor Dale Mackinney presiding. Visitation was Thursday and Friday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
Memorials may be sent to the Argonia or Larned EMS in care of Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. Condolences may be left for the family at www.beckwithmortuary.com.