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Robert H. Jones

Posted 4/12/2018

WICHITA—Robert H. Jones, 70, retired Cessna Aircraft mechanic, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 20, 1948 at Eureka, Kansas to William H. and Forina M. (Hollis) Jones.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during Vietnam.

On June 14, 1975 he married Joyce M. Zarnowski at Halstead; she survives of the home.

Other survivors include son: Bill Jones, Wichita; daughter: Tiffany (Chris) Moos, Halstead; sisters: Judy (Van) Van Cleve and Connie Garman, Moline; and three grandchildren.

Private family graveside services will be held at Halstead Cemetery with Chaplain Tal Tittsworth officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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JoAnn (Betson) McCurdy

Posted 4/12/2018

WaKEENEY – JoAnn (Betson) McCurdy, 87, of WaKeeney, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born Aug. 8, 1930 in Wichita to Ivan and Hilma (Gillcrest) Betson.

JoAnn was a graduate of Bentley High School and went on to attend St. Francis Nursing School, where she graduated as a registered nurse.

On Jan. 13, 1953, she was united in marriage to Wayne McCurdy in Wichita. To this union, three children were born. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage together.

Wayne preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 2002.

Wayne was an insurance agent, and his job took the McCurdy family to many different towns around Kansas, but JoAnn was always able to find great jobs as a nurse. JoAnn enjoyed many hobbies, including playing pinochle with friends and sitting down to read a good book. In her earlier years, JoAnn loved a good fishing and camping trip with family.

Throughout her family and friends, she was known for her “dish scratchers.” She would make them by the dozens for friends and family to use for anything from dishes to cleaning cars.

Music and dancing was a passion of hers; it wasn’t uncommon to find JoAnn and Wayne on the dance floor doing the two-step or swinging to country music.

Of all the things JoAnn loved, she absolutely cherished time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include two children, Mike McCurdy and wife Paula, and Cindy and husband Mark Basgall, all of WaKeeney; daughter-in-law, Marita McCurdy of Overland Park; 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son Robert “Bob” McCurdy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24 at Schmitt Funeral Home in WaKeeney, with inurnment at WaKeeney City Cemetery.

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Alice M. Koehn

Posted 3/29/2018

MOUNDRIDGE—Alice M. Koehn, 87, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931 at Cement, Oklahoma to Menno S. and Pearl L. (Unruh) Koehn.

She was a Halstead resident for 64 years and was a member of Grace Mennonite Church.

She was a homemaker and worked at Friendly Acres in the laundry and housekeeping.

On May 3, 1953 she married Harley Koehn at Chickasha, Oklahoma. He survives of Moundridge.

Other survivors include a son: David Koehn, Newton, daughter: Carol Koehn, Halstead; sister: Virginia (Robert) Schmidt, Jay, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Raeletta Koehn and an infant sister,

Dora Jean.

Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Grace Mennonite Church, Halstead with ministers Raleigh Koehn, Marlin Unruh and Larry Koehn officiating.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Christian Service International in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Lois Mae Kurr

Posted 3/29/2018

Lois Mae KurrLois Mae KurrSEDGWICK—Lois Mae Kurr, daughter of Paul Randolph Henry and Fern Beatrice Henry, passed from her earthly life on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Newton, Kansas. 

She was born on March 5, 1933 in Sedgwick, and had recently celebrated her 85th birthday with family at Asbury Park. Lois attended school in Sedgwick and graduated from Sedgwick High School in 1951. 

On May 26, 1951, she married Wilbur (Bill) Kurr and they began building their family and farm/cattle business over the next 60 years in Harvey County. Lois served as office manager and bookkeeper for the operation.

She is survived by her children: Donna Fleetwood of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Robert (Bob) Kurr of Sedgwick; Darla and Phil Osborn of Wichita; her grandchildren: Rachael (Osborn) and Zach Sachs of Pittsburg, Kansas; Lauren Osborn of Seattle, Washington; one sibling: Paul Henry of Moorehead Minnesota; a sister-in-law Ruby Kurr; and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was predeceased by her husband Wilbur (Bill) Kurr and granddaughter Katie Osborn. 

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Vernon R. Regier

Posted 3/29/2018

HESSTON—Vernon R. Regier, 89, died March 23, 2018 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.  He was born, Aug. 18, 1928 in Burrton, Kansas to Otto and Marie Regier.  Vernon was an auto mechanic who loved cars and racing.  He was a member of Kingdom Life Church and a longtime Hesston resident. 

Vernon married Hilda Woelk in 1955.  She died Dec. 28, 2007. 

Vernon is survived by daughter, Joann Rutledge and husband John of St. Louis, Missouri; son, Delbert Regier and wife, Wendy of Newton; daughter-in-law, Teri Regier of Newton, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, his parents, brother, Arlie; and son, Roy. 

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at Schowalter Villa Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.  Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Fund, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home.

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Derrick Craig Unruh

Posted 3/29/2018

Derrick Craig Unruh
Derrick Craig Unruh BURRTON—Derrick Craig Unruh entered eternity on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

He was born Sept. 10, 1959 in Newton to Chester Leroy and Carol Lee (Fast) Unruh.

He was a lifelong Burrton resident, a 1977 graduate of Burrton High School and a 1982 graduate of Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina. 

He was a 31-year employee of Fed Ex delivering to Larned and the surrounding area since 2002.

He was a member of Faith Community Bible Church in Burrton, a member of USD 369 Burrton School Board since June2004,and the Burrton Community Development Committee.

On June 9, 1984 he married Raenita G. Bocook at South Point, Ohio. She survives.

Other survivors include daughters: Kristin Unruh, and Kayla (Aaron) Meisenheimer, all of Hutchinson; mother: Carol Unruh, Burrton; brothers Darian (Carol) Unruh, Indianapolis, Indiana; Duane (Cindy) Unruh, Greenville, South Carolina; sisters: Debbie (Stanley) Waller, and Darla Gaeddert, Hutchinson.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. onMonday, March 26 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. The family will greet friends from 6-7 p.m.

His service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Westside Baptist Church, Hutchinson with Pastor Travis Heneha officiating.

Burial will follow at Burrton Cemetery.

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

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