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Laquita "Lucki" J. (Vansickle) Boyd

Posted 11/16/2017

Laquita “Lucki” J. (Vansickle) Boyd was born Aug. 22, 1936 in Hutchinson, Kansas the daughter of Cecil F. and Revae I. (Rudicel) Vansickle. She passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Mennonite Friendship Communities in South Hutchinson.

She graduated from the Buhler High School in 1954. Laquita then attended Hutchinson Community College and the University of Minnesota.

Laquita “Lucki” traveled and lived in many states, holding a variety of jobs. During her lifetime Laquita worked as the executive director for First Call for Help in Hutchinson and was also one of the founders and executive directors for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center and the Minnesota Organization for Battered Women and Jewish Family Services of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Preceding her in death by her parents, son, Sheldon Wayde Metz and spouse, William “Bill” Boyd.

Survivors include her brother Gerald Lee Vansickle, Bulverde, Texas; daughter, Shannon G. Metz, Burrton; son, Marc D. Metz, Louisville, Colorado; two step-sons, Danny and Jeff Boyd; grandsons, Joshua W. Metz, Collin Metz and Connor Metz; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews

Cremation has taken place.

A service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Burrton City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Laquita Boyd family, in care of Hutchinson Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Leona Jenea "Lee Lee" Robinson

Posted 11/16/2017

HALSTEAD—Leona Jenea “Lee Lee” Robinson, 8 weeks old, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Newton Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 10, 2017 at Newton, to Ronnie Glenn Robinson Jr. and Brianna Suzanne Murphy, both survive of Halstead.

Other survivors include brothers Jayden Murphy, Halstead; Gabriel Robinson, Wichita; maternal grandparents: Jacque Campbell, Newton; Melvin Murphy, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; paternal grandparents Ronnie and Gladys Robinson Sr., Wichita, and maternal great-grandmother: Susan Gatz, Newton.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:30-8 p.m.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, also at Kaufman Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Blanchette officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

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

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Charlotte Ann (Ellis) Thompson

Posted 11/16/2017

Charlotte Ann (Ellis) Thompson, 78, formerly of Cedar Point, Kansas passed away peacefully at her home in Halstead, Kansas on Nov. 6, 2017.  She was born on July 28, 1939 at Mountain Grove, Missouri to Arthur Eugene and Zella Merle (Goddard) Thornburg. 

Charlotte and Doyle met in Florence, Kansas where they fell in love and eloped on Sept. 3, 1955.  Charlotte was a homemaker and loving mother who raised seven children on the family farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas.  Together she and Doyle hosted many family get-togethers where good food, stories, and laughs were shared and lasting memories made. 

Charlotte recently retired from The New Medical Healthcare Clinic in Halstead where she was a volunteer for 10 years. She had many friends, as she loved helping people in the community. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her soulmate and husband of 43 years, Franklin Doyle; sisters Geneva McGrew, Vera Davis, Daisy “Dee” Moore, Opal Sigler, Lizabeth Thornburg; brother Eugene “Gene” Ellis and step-brother Charles “Bud” Thornburg.

She is survived by her sister, Vernel Lovett; sons Michael D. Thompson (Sheila), Sheldon L. Thompson (Mary), Randy L. Thompson (Kitty), Craig W. Thompson (Wendy) and Buckley E. Thompson (Stephanie); daughters Julie I. Parsons (Stanley), Tamera A. Brady (Earl Holder), sisters-in-law Marilyn Thornburg, Bert Hess, Carol Thompson, Nancy Thompson; brother-in-law Terry Sigler, 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Baker Funeral Home, 6100 E Central Avenue, Wichita, KS 67208.    

Graveside services will be at Walnut Valley Memorial Park, 725 Boyer Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042.

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Johnny Heidebrecht, Jr.

Posted 11/2/2017

HALSTEAD—Johnny Heidebrecht Jr., 71, died, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at Via Christi St. Joseph’s Hospital, Wichita.

He was born Oct. 16, 1946 at Halstead to John O. and Anna E. (Regehr) Heidebrecht.

He was a lifelong area resident and farmer.  He also worked as a hired hand for McGinn farms.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard as a firefighter.

He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Halstead and was a member of Hicks-Davison American Legion Post 268 Sedgwick.

He is survived by a daughter, Shelly (Kurt) Riffel, Newton; sister, Mary Ann (Donald) Drum, Sedgwick; nephew Chester L. Drum, Singapore, Singapore.

Visitation was from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 and funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 both at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

Memorials may be given to Hick-Davison American Legion Post 268 Scholarship Fund in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Lowell D. Wiggers

Posted 11/2/2017

HALSTEAD—Lowell D. Wiggers, 66, truck driver, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born Oct. 22, 1951 at Newton to Allen A. and Lucille M. (Koehn) Wiggers.

He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Halstead.

He is survived by sons: Kevin (Carolina) Wiggers, Westminster, Colorado; Kelly (Katrina) Wiggers, Phoenix, Arizona; mother: Lucille Wiggers, Moundridge.

brothers: Kayle (Jane) Wiggers, Comstock, Wisonsin; Maynard (Juanita) Wiggers, Houston, MS; Stanley (Marlene) Wiggers, Halstead; Elwin (Laura Pueppke) Wiggers, Salina; Timothy (Bonnie) Wiggers, Halstead; sisters: Charlene (Russell) Friesen, Halstead; and Raeletta (Marlin) Unruh, Halstead.

Friends may call from 2- 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Kaufman Funeral Home.

Visitation will follow from 6-8 p.m. at Grace Mennonite Church, Halstead.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, also at Grace Mennonite Church.

Burial follows at Halstead Cemetery.

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Vada Zenith Crain

Posted 11/2/2017

TOPEKA – Vada Zenith Crain, 92, of Topeka and formerly of Halstead, passed away peacefully Oct. 3, 2017 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka with her daughter and grandson at her side.

Vada was born in Halstead on Feb. 6, 1925 to Cornelius C. Koehn and Elizabeth V. Schmidt Koehn. She is survived by a sister, Nola Joyce Dent, Newton; a daughter, Noel Joyce Long, Topeka, a son, Paul Eric Reaves (Donna) of Forth Worth, Texas; two grandsons, Corbin Long of Washington D.C., and Paul Eric Reaves Jr. (Megan) of Lubbock, Texas, and one granddaughter, Julia Elizabeth Allen (Jacob) of Forth Worth, Texas; four great-grandsons, Grayson Hunter Allen, Blain James Reaves, Kanon Cash Reaves and Rush Roman Reaves; two great-granddaughters, Gracelynn Haisley Allen and Preslee Elizabeth Reaves; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Vada was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Cornelia Cotton, Vivian Roberts and Lucille Jantz; and one brother, Dale Koehn.

Vada grew up in Halstead and attended Halstead schools. For the last eight years Vada had lived at McCrite Plaza in Topeka. Before that she lived in Wichita, Newton, Halstead and Anchorage, Alaska. She was a hard worker and spent most of her life in the food service industry. In her younger years she was a waitress/server in Halstead; a food preparer for Alaska Airlines in Anchorage; an employee of a dinner theatre in Wichita; and worked in transportation at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Wichita.

Vada treasured her family and friends. She was an advocate for animals, all animals, but especially cats and dogs. Seems like she was always “rescuing” an animal and usually ended up giving the animal a home with her. She was sometimes dubbed “the cat lady” by her neighbors and fellow employees.

A celebration of Vada’s life was held Sunday, Oct. 8 in Newton with burial following at a later date. While Vada will be missed by all who knew her, we know that she is now at peace and “free at last.”

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Vera Ann Koehn Schmidt

Posted 10/26/2017

MOUNDRIDGE—Vera Ann Koehn Schmidt was born to Jake and Nettie Koehn on Jan. 23, 1935, at Halstead, Kansas. She peacefully passed away in the afternoon hours of Oct. 16, 2017 at Pine Village Retirement Home in Moundridge, Kansas, reaching the age of 82.

She was the youngest of nine children and grew up in Kansas on her parents’ dairy farm north of Halstead. She received her education at Halstead.

On Oct. 10, 1954 she was married to Merle Ray Schmidt. To this union were born five children, one daughter and four sons. She was a loving mother and faithful homemaker.

Those left to cherish her with precious memories are her husband Merle; one daughter: Lori and Ronnie Decker, DeRidder Louisiana; four sons: Ray and Carol, DeRidder Louisiana, Kenton and Dena, Lake Providence Louisiana, Marlo and Cindy, DeRidder Louisiana, Leon and Sondra, DeRidder Louisiana, 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, one sister Eileen Dyck of Moundridge, and one brother Harley and wife Alice Koehn of Halstead, three sisters-in-law: Marjorie and husband Glen Schmidt of Moundridge, Joyce and husband Eugene Toews of Grafton, North Dakota, and Mary Ann and husband Ervin Buller of Moran, Kansas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, five brothers and one sister and one daughter in law Brenda Koehn Schmidt.

Memorial service was Thursday, Oct. 19, at Pine Village, Moundridge. Funeral service at Highland Mennonite Church, DeRidder, Louisiana was Sunday. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to either Pine Village or Whispering Pines Christian School in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, Moundridge.

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Dru Wranosky

Posted 10/26/2017

Dru Wranosky, the last of the Carbon Texas Murray girls, went to be with her soul mate on Oct. 17, 2017.

She passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her immediate family in the home she'd made into a welcome haven for all who entered.

She had a good life, married a good man, did her part and more raising three children, she loved, cared for, and helped teach six grandchildren and one great grandchild what it takes to be a good person in this world; and made friends wherever she went.

She loved spending time visiting with family and friends, traveling the countryside, a full house for the holidays, finding her spot on the lanes, reeling in that nice one, cooking a mess of whatever was growing in the garden, being one of the "gals from club" and reading "those books."

She was our hero, our inspiration, our role model and our joy and we take solace in the belief that she's happily at her smiling husbands side again.

To her family and friends that were unable to visit with her those last few days, she, as well her children, wanted to say thank you so much for being a part of her life and helping to make it a good one.

Family will have a private service out-of-state at a later date.

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