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Raymond A. Albert, 79

Posted 11/8/2018

HALSTEAD—Raymond A. Albert, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 12, 1939, in Madawaska, Maine to Renee’ and Regina (Marquis) Albert.

He was a Halstead resident for the last 18 years and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

During his time in Halstead he owned and operated the Blue Frog Bistro, volunteered and helped many. He was awarded the 2012 Old Settlers Good Neighbor Award in recognition of his volunteerism.  He was a lover of life and a lover of people.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

On May 10, 1969 he married Tessa Johanson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include sons: Marco (Diane) and Mathieu Albert, Wichita; daughters: Francine Albert, Bremerton, Washington; Anna (Troy) Harter, Wichita; brother: Tom (Diane) Albert, Cyn County, California; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Albert.

The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, and the Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead.

Father Jeffery Fasching will preside. Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Knights of Columbus in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Daxton Titus Boyd

Posted 11/8/2018

HALSTEAD—Daxton Titus Boyd, three hours old, was born and died on Nov. 1, 2018 at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.

He is survived by his mother Kylee K. Boyd, Halstead; maternal grandparents Bryce and Amy Boyd, Halstead; Alison and Shawn Moyer, Wichita; maternal great-grandmothers Liz Boyd, Halstead, Connie Reed, Burden; maternal great-grandparents: Bob and Karen Trammell, Halstead; and Earl and Cheryl Bartlett, Wichita; uncles Conner and Hunter Boyd, Halstead;  Dezmond Floyd and Cody Bartlett, Wichita.

Private graveside services will be held.

Memorials may be given to Children’s Mercy Hospital in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Shannon G. Metz, 61

Posted 11/8/2018

BURRTON—Shannon G. Metz, 61, of rural Burrton died peacefully at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Shannon was born Aug. 26, 1957 in Hutchinson. She was the oldest child of Charles L. Metz. She was raised by her grandparents, Revae and Cecil Vansickle on a farm in rural Burrton. She lived within a mile of that farm her entire life.

She was a 1975 graduate of Buhler High School.

At different times she was employed in retail sales at Sears, in management at Orschelns and as a Park Ranger at Harvey County West Park. She also farmed. Her cows, horses, goats, a mule, several dogs and cats were her immediate family—all with names and personalities.

Shannon enjoyed all types of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and froggin’. She also enjoyed barrel racing and golf.

Most important to her were her family and friends she made over the years. She treasured them and kept in contact with them through phone calls, cards and letters. She was always there when anyone needed help.

Shannon was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, and a brother, Sheldon Metz.

Shannon is survived by her sister Marie Metz, Miami, Florida; nephew Joshua Metz, Hutchinson; niece Jana Banker, Santa Monica, California, and many cousins.

Cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of the United States in care of her cousin, Kent Rudicel, 1700 S. Worthington Rd., Burrton, KS 67020.

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John Alton Sterling, 87

Posted 11/8/2018

John Alton Sterling was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on Dec. 6, 1930 to James and Ouida Sterling. His first eight years were spent in Mississippi before the family moved to eastern Nebraska. After graduating from Weeping Water, Nebraska high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan.

In 1951, John married Joy Lenker. John and Joy had five children and were foster parents to many children spanning a 28-year period.

John received the call to the ministry while aboard an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan and never in the ensuing years ever questioned that call. He was honorably discharged in 1954, enrolled in Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree and then completed a graduate degree in Theology and Ministerial Studies in 1962. He served as an ordained minister for the next 65 years, pasturing churches in Kansas and Alabama. John was the minister of the Halstead United Methodist Church in the mid-1960s.

He was a man of many interests and talents. He loved to read, analyze the stock market, collect model cars and tractors, enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and talking about his antique car. Most of all, he loved his family and his greatest joy was to be with them.

After a nearly miraculous healing from a life-threatening illness in 2013, God gave John a dream about a men’s Bible study in which there were six men, three of whom he knew and three he did not. The dream was so vivid, he pondered it for several weeks, mentioning it to several others. At the first meeting, there were six men present, three he knew, and three he did not. The Bible study eventually grew to nearly 20 committed men who met every week to pray and study. He was still leading the Bible study the week before his death and regarded it as one of the highlights of his life.

John died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes on Oct. 22, 2018 just three hours after enjoying a church service and a quiet time at home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his four-year-old son Jason, and two brothers, Edwin and Charles (Joe) Sterling. He is survived by his wife of 67 years and four children, John (Melanie) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, James (Betty) of College Station, Texas, Joel (Tonya) of Silverhill, Alabama, and Jeanne Hampton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Daleene Ossenkop of Lincoln, Nebraska, a foster son, Carl Buck of Pensacola, Florida, and many nieces and nephews.

Joy Sterling resides in Silverhill, Alabama, P.O. Box 585, ZIP 36576.

John’s death leaves a big hole; he impacted countless lives. We will always be inspired by his devotion and commitment to his Savior, Jesus Christ, and his love for everyone whose life he touched. He was truly a man of God, and when he entered heaven, surely God said to him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

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Lawrence Eugene Conrady, 58

Posted 11/1/2018

SEDGWICK—Lawrence Eugene Conrady, age 58, passed away at his home in Sedgwick on Oct. 29, 2018 surrounded by his family. Larry was born April 21, 1960 in Newton to Paul and Mary (Andra) Conrady.

Larry grew up in Sedgwick and attended Sedgwick High School and Hutchinson Community College. He worked at Excel as a welder until illness caused him to retire. Larry enjoyed mowing, working on automobiles, but mostly spending time with his children, grandchildren, and all of the Conrady family. Larry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his mother Mary Conrady of Sedgwick, sons Jared and Steven Conrady both of Wichita, daughter Caitlin Schmit of Fowler, Colorado, brothers Daniel (Linda) Conrady of Wellington, David (Jeanine) Conrady of Overland Park, sisters Deborah Conrady of Sedgwick, Catherine Conrady, Sharon (Vincent) Tafolla, Karen (Junior) Mosqueda, Peggy (Mark) Phillips all of Newton, grandchildren Baylee, Blake, Luke and Levi, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Conrady.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with The Reverend Nicholas Voelker officiating. Private family burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Serenity Hospice and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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