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Joyce Ilene McCormick, 89

Posted 8/16/2018

STOVER, Missouri – Joyce (Smith) Parnell Stowers McCormick passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2018 at Golden Age Living Center in Stover, Missouri at age 89.  She was born Sept. 8, 1928 to Walter and Esther (Cox) Smith of Rose Hill, the youngest of five children.  A loving mother, wife, and homemaker all her life, she also was a skilled baker, gardener, and expert at many kinds of handwork – including quilting, embroidery, tatting, crochet, etc.

She is survived by four of her six children: Eunice (Parnell) Officer of Stover; Naomi (Parnell) Ullum and her husband, Gary, of Hutchinson, Kansas; Lois (Parnell) Weber and her husband, Martin, of Stover; James Parnell and his wife, Joan, of Halstead; and by seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren – as well as many extended family members. 

A widow of three marriages, she was preceded in death by husbands Harold Parnell of Kansas, Amos J. “Buddy” Stowers and Nicky McCormick, both of Oklahoma; and by two children: Earl Dean Parnell of Washington state, and Esther (Parnell) Bookout Goering of Kansas.  She was the last surviving member of her birth family, which included siblings Ruberta (Smith) Pitts, Pauline (Smith) Hinshaw, Harold Smith, and Marilyn (Smith) Haines.

A devoted Christian throughout her life, she was born into and raised in the Quaker Friends Church at Rose Hill, was an energetic participant in churches and community service wherever she lived, and an endowed member of the Tipton Missouri Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at her death.

A commemorative service will be held at the Tipton Missouri Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (31469 Hwy 5) on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at 3 p.m.  Memorials or donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Golden Age Living Center through Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home of Versailles, Missouri (

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Clarence Raymond Bocook, 85

Posted 8/9/2018

BocookBocookHUTCHINSON—Clarence Raymond Bocook, 85, died Aug. 2, 2018 at Reflection Living, Hutchinson.

He was born April 18, 1933 at Catlettsburg, Kentucky to Samuel and Jessie (McGuire) Bocook.

He was a resident of Burrton and Hutchinson since 1999 and was a lighting specialist for Stanion Electric.

On May 27, 1956 he married Antonita “Toni” Fernandez at South Point, Ohio.  She preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2017.

He is survived by a son: Chris (Michele) Bocook, daughter: Raenita Unruh, all of Burrton; a sister: Delores Catalano, Severn, Maryland; and granddaughters: Kristin Unruh and Kayla Meisenheimer both of Hutchinson.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be at a future date in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point, Ohio.

Memorials may be given to USD 369 Burrton Schools in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Brad Talbott, 56

Posted 8/9/2018

TalbottTalbottBrad Talbott passed away Saturday, Aug. 4 at the age of 56 from a brainstem tumor after a heroic fight. "Bubba" as his friends knew him, was the youngest of four children born to John and Marjory (Collett) Talbott on Aug. 5, 1961.

He graduated from Halstead HS in 1979 as class president. He attended Hutchinson Community College and Fort Hays State University, and retired May 31, 2018 from a nearly 32-year career at the General Mail Facility of the US Post Office in Wichita. His many co-workers said he did the work of five people and his ornery personality made work fun with his many tricks and antics.

He was married to Janell Gfeller Hirsh in 1994 and helped raise her two children, Lauren and Gavin. He had been divorced for 13 years. Brad was an obsessive outdoorsman, and especially loved hunting deer, turkey, other game birds, and loved to help others with projects. Brad was exceptionally close to his family and cherished his classmates and countless friends.

He had many adventures in life including flying his paramotor, snow skiing, attending NASCAR races and KC Chiefs games, and enjoyed several trips to Cabo where he became a certified scuba diver. He loved photographing sunrises and sunsets and always lit up the room with his big smile and infectious laugh. To say he will be missed terribly is an understatement.

Brad is preceded in death by his beloved father, John Talbott; grandparents Henry and Anna (Teten) Talbott and Henry and Ethel (Higgins) Collett; and his niece’s husband, Casey Cummings.

Left to miss him are his two sons Mason and Logan of Wichita, who were the light of his life; precious mother Marge Talbott of Wichita; his brother Pat Talbott (Sue) of Overland Park, and their children Kari Talbott of Rochester, NY; Kori Truono (Brian and Teagan) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Leah and Skyler Jones of Overland Park; his sisters Deanna Talbott, Wichita; Gina Talbott Marx (Terry) and their three children Bobby Cummings (step-daughter, Caitlin), Margo Stuckert (fiancé Justin Dye) and John Henry Marx of Wichita.

Per Brad's wishes, his eyes were donated to the Kansas Eye Bank, and cremation has taken place. A memorial time with him will be held Friday, Aug. 10 at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, 115 S. Seneca, Wichita, KS from 1-8 p.m. with family present 6-8 p.m.

A Celebration of Brad’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Pathway Church Goddard, 18800 W. Kellogg Drive, Goddard. Private inurnment at the Halstead Cemetery and at the Marion family farm, his “happy place”, will be at a later date. Brad would want you to dress casually, and please feel free to wear NASCAR, Chiefs, or Camo if you would like.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Halstead Historical Society, 116 E. 1st in Halstead, KS 67056. Condolences may be left at

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Jamison Daniel Scott Bonham, 30

Posted 8/2/2018

Jamison Daniel Scott Bonham, 30, was born on April 26, 1988 in Wichita, Kansas to Daniel and Sherry (Basore) Bonham.

Jamison grew up in Halstead and was a 2006 graduate of Halstead High School. He was a big Jeff Gordon fan. For his 13th birthday, his grandparents, Ron and Carolyn Doyle, took him on a bus trip to NASCAR races in Texas. He loved his uncle Steve Basore and his Fourth of July celebrations. He passed away on July 24, 2018.

He was married to Danielle Curiel on March 27, 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. 

Jamison enjoyed automobiles, Dodge Challenger’s and motorcycles.  He was a gamer and enjoyed playing on his X-Box.  He was very good with technology and helped many fix and understand their devices. He was employed by AGCO and was affiliated with the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Danielle; mother and stepfather: Sherry and Gary Harder; grandparents: Carolyn and Ron Doyle; sister: Alexis and Tyler Frost; nephew Zebby and nieces Winnie and Zailyn; aunt: Susan and Jerome Garofalo; cousins: Mark Boyer and Doni Perry; special friends: Lee, Chase, Nathan and Shaun.

He was preceded in death by father: Daniel Bonham; uncles: Steve Basore, Kevin Almond; grandparents: Donald Basore, and Bill and Elsie Bonham, great-grandparents Earl and Neva Basore.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. 

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Duane F. "Shorty" McGinn, 84

Posted 8/2/2018

HALSTEAD – Duane F. “Shorty” McGinn, 84, died Friday July 20, 2018 at his residence.  He was born May 15, 1934 at Sedgwick to John Maurice and Evelyn E. (Shuetz) McGinn. 

He was owner operator of McGinn & Sons and Sedgwick Motors.

He also drove trucks, farmed and drag raced rail cars.  Before completely retiring, he worked for Halstead Township.

Duane loved fishing, camping, dancing, restoring antique tractors and many other items.

He loved spending time with his children at parades, tractor pulls and hosted many cookouts.

On May 25, 1952 he married Nancy Ann Hall at Halstead.  He later married Charlotte A. Franklin Dudrey on Feb. 22, 1992 at Newton.  She survives of Halstead.

Other survivors include son: Kurt (Janice) McGinn, Sedgwick; daughters: Cindy Beasley, Wichita; Jill (Steve Ewy) McGinn, Halstead; Karen (Chip) Steffen, Haven; mother of his children: Nancy Steffen, Haven; sister: Janice McVicar, Wichita; grandchildren: Christine Jones, Valley Center; Misty Bitting, Wichita; Gracie Steffen, Haven; great-grandchildren: Cody McGinn, Shelby Jones, Valley Center; Bailey Arnold, Wichita.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Richard “Dick”, Kenneth “Dutch”, and Jerry McGinn.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.

Memorials may be given to the Sedgwick Historical Society, Depot Project in Care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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