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Lonnie R. "Buck" Martin Sr.

Posted 1/11/2018

Lonnie R. “Buck” Martin Sr. 81, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at Newton Medical Center. He was born July 11, 1936 in Isabella, Oklahoma to Edward R. and Rebecca R. (Bierig) Martin.  He was a graduate of the Okeene, Oklahoma High School.

On March 16, 1957 he married Sandra J. Bickel at Halstead, Kansas. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2005.

Lonnie worked as a truck driver for Boeing Aircraft Company for 36.5 years.  Old Westerns were a love of Lonnie’s. He could also be found enjoying nature and love to watch the birds and squirrels in the yard.  Lonnie loved trees and shared his knowledge of different varieties with his family.

Family and grandkids were a joy of Lonnie’s and he greatly looked forward to spending time with his loving family and friends.

Graveside committal service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Halstead City Cemetery with a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Petersen Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Yuon Wong

Posted 1/4/2018

Yuon Wong 55, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Newton, Kansas.  He was born June 17, 1963 in China to Yin Lau Wong and Yow Coon Wong and they preceded him in death. On March 24, 1990 he married Zhi Min “Mary” Li-Wong in Sydney, Australia and she survives of the home.

Yuon and Mary moved to the United States in 1981. Yuon and his brother Gui had an entrepreneurial spirit and have co-owned and operated the China Inn Restaurant in Newton together since 1984. Thanks to his dedication and hard work, his family’s restaurant has been a successful part of Newton for many years.

Yuon was a loyal and loving family man and enjoyed the company of his close-knit family. He enjoyed playing tennis and mahjong.  In addition to his family he had a special place in his heart for his husky Zorro.  Yuon had a secret love of the game Candy Crush and was very proud of the levels he achieved in the game.

Yuon was a simple, loyal, hardworking private person and leaves a legacy of love of family, friends and loyal customers he has made through the years.

He is survived by his wife Zhi Min “Mary” Wong; daughter Melissa Wong Bogunovich and her husband Kelly and their daughter Mila Wong Bogunovich he is also survived by one  brother Gui Wong and his wife Amy and their children Serena, Jason and Kayla all of North Newton, Kansas.

Yuon is preceded in death by his parents.

The family had a gathering last week at Petersen Funeral Home and they suggest memorial contributions in Yuon’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital or Smile Train in care of Petersen Funeral Home. 

The family appreciates all the care and concern that has been shown to them during this difficult time.  It is humbly and gratefully acknowledged.

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Deanne Hochstetler Losey

Posted 1/4/2018

HALSTEAD—Deanne Hochstetler Losey passed away Dec. 26, 2017 in Wichita.  She was born in Washington, Iowa on July 12, 1951 to Dale and Lucile Hochstetler of Hesston, who both survive.

Deanne was an author and an artist.  She published “The Marley Manuscript” and loved to paint in the modern impressionist style and sold several paintings.  She traveled extensively and lived in Jamaica for 18 years, where she worked as a free-lance journalist and as a columnist for the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.  Bob Marley was a personal friend and she loved his music and his story and promoted her book about him until her death. 

She fought liver and kidney failure in her last few years.  The small group that she was a part of at New Creation Fellowship Church was a supportive and strong family for her, as were her friends and staff at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation in Halstead, where she lived.  Deanne is survived by her parents, brothers Thomas (Katy) Hochstetler and Jay (Kelley) Hochstetler.  Also surviving are her much-loved nephews and nieces Matthew (Jillian) Hochstetler, Adam (Adriana) Hochstetler, Susie (Chad Pruett) Hochstetler, Hannah (Justin) Brenig, and Jacob (Katy) Hochstetler. 

Services to celebrate Deanne’s life will be held at New Creation Fellowship Church in Newton on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church. 

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Marjorie Ann Hazelwood

Posted 1/4/2018

Marjorie Ann Hazelwood, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Halstead Health and Rehab in Halstead.  She was born March 7, 1929 at Reserve in Brown County, Kansas to Charles and Velma Babb.  On Jan. 22, 1948 she married Vernon Hazelwood at Falls City, Nebraska and he preceded her in death on April 26, 2007.

Marjorie moved to Newton in 1992 from Goshen, Indiana to be closer to family.  She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton.  She appreciated the care and concern of her church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Halstead. 

She had a love of all animals and felt a connection to St. Francis in her care of animals. She had many dogs, cats and birds through the years.  Marjorie also loved to spoil the wild animals around her yard.

Marjorie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.

She is survived by her sons: Dan and Billie Hazelwood of Lincoln, Nebraska; Tom Hazelwood of Phoenix, Arizona; and Jim and Renee Hazelwood of Aurora, Colorado; daughter: Sally Phillips of Newton; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Marjorie is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughters Kari Calloway and Nancy Klaus, grandson Scott Phillips and three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral mass will be 9 a.m., Thursday morning Jan. 4, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton with The Reverend Jeff Fasching Celebrant.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 8:30 a.m. at the church prior to the Mass at the Church.  Burial will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Catholic Cemetery in Falls City, Nebraska with The Reverend Thomas Dunavan presiding. There will be no public visitation.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Patricia Ann Grecian

Posted 1/4/2018

PALCO—Patricia Ann Grecian, 70, passed away Dec. 24, 2017 in Wichita.  She was born Jan. 1, 1947 to Quentin and Vivian (Baxter) Base. She married Stanley Grecian, June 4, 1967.

Survivors include husband, Stan; daughters, Stacey Risner (Jay) of Manhattan, Amy Reid (Eric) of Manhattan and Kelly Helms of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren; and brother Gary Base of Sedgwick.

She is preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Joel.

A service of remembrance will be conducted at a later date as no immediate funeral service is planned at this time.  Arrangements by Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City. Online:

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George W. Conley II

Posted 1/4/2018

MOUNDRIDGE—George W. Conley II, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at Pine Village, Moundridge.

He was born Sept. 1, 1930 at Okmulgee, Oklahoma to George W. and Florence E. (Rice) Conley, Sr.

He was a member of Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, Wichita.

He was an order selector for Fleming Foods.

On March 10, 1975 he married Elizabeth A. “Betty” Havlik in Wellington.  She survives of Halstead.

Other survivors include sons: Phillip Austin, Stockton; George W. (Keri) Conley III, Halstead; daughters: Vickie Carter, and Mary Andrews, Seminole, Oklahoma; Kristi Conley, Halstead; step-son Anthony Conley, Seminole, Oklahoma; brother: Kenneth (Alethia) Conley, Conway, South Carolina; 31 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Diane Simpson, brothers: Isaiah, Fred and Trenton Conley, sisters: Deborah Syas, Maude Edith Johnson, Vivian Harris and Helen Winston.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Kingdom Hall, 2018 N Maize Road, Wichita, KS  67212. 

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Sandra Lynne Cody

Posted 1/4/2018

HALSTEAD—Sandra Lynne Cody, 68, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Homestead of Halstead.

She was born Nov. 17, 1949 at Kingston, New York to Howard and Sylvia (Krengel) Cody.

A Halstead resident since 1996, she was a member of First Mennonite Church.

She worked as a medical records, insurance and admissions clerk at Halstead Hospital.

She is survived by her twin sister, Melanie (Donald) Spencer, Valley Center, niece Heather (Gary) Swift, nephew Jack (Lauren) Spencer and five great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister Gail Milligan.

Committal service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Halstead Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., First Mennonite Church, Halstead, with Pastors Steve Wilcox and Luke Helmuth officiating.

Memorials may be given to the church or Encompass Home Health and Hospice in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Evelyn Louise Johnson Alldritt

Posted 1/4/2018

TULSA—Evelyn Louise Johnson Alldritt, 95, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Bella Rose Assisted Living Center, Tulsa.

She was born March 15, 1922 at El Dorado to Roy and Alta (Smith) Johnson.

Evelyn lived most of her life in Wichita, where she was secretary/treasurer of the family business. In later years she lived in Halstead and most recently Tulsa.

On Jan. 15, 1943, she married John H. Alldritt.  He survives of Tulsa.

Other survivors include daughters: Jennifer (Larry) Goodgoin, Wilmington, North Carolina; Celeste (Jim) Lee, Bixby, Oklahoma; son-in-law; Richard Basore, Bentley; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by a daughter; Susan Basore, brother; Roger Johnson, sisters; Phyllis Johnson Gates and Marguerite Johnson Romine

Visitation will be 10 a.m. and funeral service 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Kaufman Funeral Home Halstead with Pastor Sang Hak Lee officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

Memorials may be given to the Kansas Learning Center for Health in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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