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John E. Nightingale

Posted 7/20/2017

HALSTEAD—John E. Nightingale, 80, died July 16, 2017 at Diversicare of Sedgwick.

He was born Feb. 3, 1937 at Halstead to Benjamin T. and Ella C. (Decker) Nightingale.

He was a lifetime resident of Halstead and was a 1955 graduate of Halstead High School, member of the First United Methodist Church, and Halstead Lions Club.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He managed Sunderland’s IGA, worked at Halstead Hospital and Farmers Co-Op, all of Halstead.

On April 16, 1963 he married Karen Wall at Mt. Hope; they later divorced. She survives of Newton.

Other survivors include son Brad (Layla) Nightingale, Halstead; daughter Lori (Carl) Burns, Newton; brother Robert (Betty) Nightingale, Corcoran, CA; sisters Joan (Robert) Cohen, Phoenix, AZ; Della Mae Walker, Naperville, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Wilbur, Harvey and Carlyle Nightingale and a sister Vivian Rundell.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 21 at First United Methodist Church, Halstead, with Pastor Sang Hak Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Halstead Lions Club in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Robert "Robin-Bob" Anderson, Jr.

Posted 7/20/2017

Robert “Robin-Bob”Anderson Jr., 69. died at the Hospice House in Hutchinson on June 24, 2017.

He was born on June 13, 1948 in Hutchinson to Robert W. Anderson, Sr. and Marianne (Aelmore) Anderson.

Robert was a 1966 graduate of Haven High School and Hutchinson Community College. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during this time. He married Jolene R. Albright on June 4, 1971 in Haven.  They were married for 46 years prior to his death.

Robert was a retired Superintendent of Grede Foundries, Inc. in Wichita. He then worked several years as a groundskeeper for Presbyterian Manor in Newton. He was an outdoors person and enjoyed hiking and camping.  He enjoyed being outside and took great pride in caring for the yard and all things of nature. He was a wonderful family man and deeply loved them.  Robert was a former member of the Board of Education in Sedgwick and a member of the Sedgwick United Methodist Church

He is survived by his wife, Jolene Anderson; children, Lisa Matson, Brian and Erika Anderson, and Lori and Jack Kasney; two siblings, Bruce Anderson and Becky Kahmeyer and eight grandchildren: Alexis and Kylie Charles; Dalyn, Hadyn and Westyn Anderson; and Garret, Sydney and Aubrey Kasney.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Marianne Anderson.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 28, at the Sedgwick United Methodist Church in Sedgwick. A family gathering and visitation was held at the Sedgwick United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 27 with the family present. An inurnment will be held following the service at the Sedgwick Cemetery in rural Sedgwick.

A memorial has been set up for the Sedgwick United Methodist Church and the American Heart Association.

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Janice Eileen Lee

Posted 7/13/2017

Janice Eileen Lee, 76, died July 8, 2017. She was born May 24, 1941, in Newton, the daughter of Arnold and Eileen (Unruh) Spore.

Janice grew up in Newton and on a farm in rural Halstead.  She was a graduate of both Halstead High School and Wichita Business College.  Following her marriage to Robert, she worked in the Harvey County Clerk’s Office, until the birth of their son. She then was a stay-at-home mom until both boys were in school. 

Janice worked for a time in the Haven Journal Office and at a Haven nursing home.  For 22 years, she worked with the Reno County Educational Cooperative in Hutchinson as a paraprofessional for the gifted, and was a media specialist in the RCEC Office. Her love of life included grandchildren activities, many paintings, flower gardening, live concerts and the daily Cryptogram.

On September 15, 1962 she married Robert Eugene Lee in Halstead.

Survivors include husband Robert of Hutchinson; two sons Robert III and wife Kim of Pratt and Richard and wife Julie of Wichita; five grandchildren Ashton, Blake and Carson of Pratt, Manon and Kyndal of Wichita; sister Sharon Spore Pepper of Wichita; brother, Byron Spore and wife Dee of Newton;  and sister-in-law Jeanette Emert of Newton and her son Bill.

Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14,  at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1602 N. Main, Hutchinson, with the Reverend Dr. Kim Biery presiding. Friends may sign her register book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hutchinson Regional Medical Auxiliary or Wichita Symphony Association, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Please visit to leave online condolences for Janice’s family.

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James W. Fein

Posted 7/13/2017

LENEXA—James W. Fein, 97, died July 4, 2017, at his residence in Lenexa.

He was born July 28, 1919 at Rich Hill, Missouri to George W. and Eleanora M. (Flammang) Fein.

A U.S. Marine during WWII, James saw action on Okinawa and served during the occupation of Japan.

He was a longtime Halstead-area resident prior to his move to Lenexa to be closer to family. He farmed in the Halstead area and was a tool inspector for Boeing.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ruth-Wilson American Legion Post 231 and Halstead Historical Society, all of Halstead.

On Sept. 24, 1946 he married Maxine G. Ryan at Halstead. She preceded him in death July 17, 2010.

He is survived by a son Joe (Gail) Fein, Lenexa; grandchildren Sandra (Brad) Heinrichs, Kathy (Brian) Hughes, Steve (Monika) Fein and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a sister Louise Wimmer.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead with Father Jeffery Fasching officiating.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Halstead Historical Society in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Anthony 'Tony' Somers

Posted 7/6/2017

Anthony ‘Tony’ Somers, 75, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. He was born in Minneapolis, Kansas to Donald Louis Somers and Audrey (Joseph) Somers. He was a graduate of North High School, Wichita. He was from Wichita, yet formerly from Valley Center and Sedgwick.

Tony worked in law enforcement and city government as a former Valley Center Assistant Chief, Sheriff, Sedgwick Captain of Reserves, a volunteer firefighter for cities of Valley Center and Sedgwick, Sedgwick City Superintendent, and was a heavy equipment supervisor. He wore many hats down through the years, yet his most prized were husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed his work, hunting, friends and family.

Tony is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay Somers; children Holly Somers and Brandon (Lynette) Somers; grandchildren Anthony (Lexi) Gilmartin, Kaitlyn (Cory) Hiebert and Christina Somers (Zach); great grandchildren Presley, Sailor, Addilyn and Victor; sister Beverly (Robert) Kirkpatrick; many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son Anthony Somers Jr., daughter Shelly, his parents Donald and Audrey Somers, brother Tim, nephew Josh (who passed exactly one year before him), nephew Mike and niece Stephanie.

A celebration of life visitation was held from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 2 at Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. In lieu of flowers, you may designate in Tony’s memory to Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1500 Rosecrans Ave Ste 200, Manhattan Beach, California 90266. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Shirley Arlene (Rosenberger) Coombs

Posted 7/6/2017

Shirley Arlene (Rosenberger) Coombs, 89, of Halstead, Kansas passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 surrounded by her family.

She was born July 15, 1927 to Edward and Grace Rosenberger at home in Bentley Kansas.  She was the second of three children that included her older sister Anna Lee and younger brother Verle.

Following graduation from Bentley High School in 1945, she started work at Russ Prater Real Estate Company in Wichita and then moved to the 4th National Bank in Wichita. 

She married Q. Van Moser in 1947.  In 1952 Quentin Van Moser II was born followed by Alan Edward Moser in 1955.  In 1964, she married Robert W. Coombs.  In 1965, they had a son Christopher Ragan Coombs.  As her sons got older she went to college, completing an accounting degree in 1976.  She started working for the Hertzler Research Foundation upon graduation.  She retired from the foundation after 11 years.

She kept busy in retirement with volunteer work with the Halstead Library and the local health clinic.  She was active in Helianthus, Bridge club, and the Red Hat Society, as well as being active in charitable work through the United Methodist Church of Halstead and the Halstead Senior Citizen Center.

She is proceeded in death by her parents Edward and Grace Rosenberger; her younger brother Verle Rosenberger; and her husband of 36 years Robert W. Coombs.

She is survived by her older sister Anna Lee Armour; her three sons, Quentin (Tresa) Moser, Alan Moser, and Chris (Elisabeth) Coombs; her granddaughter DeVee Moser, step-grandchildren Matt (Danel) Cupps, Ryan Cupps, and step-great grandchildren Carter Cupps and Wesley Cupps.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, Halstead, with Pastor Donna Voteau officiating.

Inurnment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

Memorials may be given to the Halstead Public Library or the church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Jason L. Church

Posted 6/29/2017

HALSTEAD—Jason L. Church, 41, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita.

He was born July 1, 1975 at Newton to Gary L. and Shelly L. (Lambert) Church.

He was co-owner of Church Brothers Construction and a member of Sons of the American Legion Post 231, Halstead.

On March 11, 2000 he married Tamara L. Sulier at Whitewater. She survives.

Other survivors include sons Garett and Brenan of the home; parents Gary and Kathy Church, Sedgwick; brothers Scott (Kelley) Church, Halstead, Patrick (Shelly) Lambert, Moundridge; Danny Lambert, North Carolina; and Cody Church, Sedgwick.

He was preceded in death by his mother Shelly Lambert and a sister, Katherine Church.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27 at First United Methodist Church, Halstead with Pastor Ed Blanchette officiating.

Memorials may be given to Sons of the American Legion Christmas Angel Tree program in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Mary Lou Alison

Posted 6/29/2017

Mary Lou Alison, 82, of Halstead died at 12:57 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Homestead Place in Halstead.

Born June 25, 1935, in Middletown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Glenn A. and Katherine Bohne Offenhauer. On Jan. 26, 1954, she married Earnest “Wayne” Alison in Palmetto, Fla.

Mary Lou made her home in Halstead upon her marriage, became active in the community and was an enthusiastic booster. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees and helped with sunday school and vacation Bible school. She was a charter member of Club Amicarum and was active in PTA and Girl Scouts.

She was owner-operator of Playtime Ceramics and was the first director of the Halstead Housing Authority.

She and her husband were the Halstead Old Settlers King and Queen in 2012. They also won the Harold Rea Good Neighbor Award. Mary Lou was active in Kansas senior legislative issues. She was an avid golfer and belonged to the Wedgewood Ladies Golf Association.

Besides her husband, survivors include five children, Dale (Allison) Alison of Burlington, Iowa, Dean (Renae) Alison of Hesston, Karen (Gerald) Koehn of Halstead, Sherri (Greg) Van Campen of Fort Worth, Texas, and Alan (Tamara) Alison of Strawn, Texas; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Nanette) Van Campen  of Sugar Land, Texas, Travis (Debbie) Van Campen  of Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan (Shannon) Van Campen  of Dallas, Texas, Ben (Sarah) Alison of Harrisonburg, Va., Matthew (Marissa) Alison of Tulsa, Okla., Kate (Steffen) Sommers of Akron, Pa., Kendra Alison of Hesston, Rachel Alison of Bristol, R.I., Owen Alison and Ross Alison, both of Strawn, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah, Evan, Rebekah and Quinlyn Van Campen of Fort Worth and Kanyon and Hope Van Campen of Sugar Land, Texas; two brothers, Vaughn Offenhauer of Ruskin, Fla., and Keith Offenhauer of Anna Maria, Fla.; nieces and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and a brother, Lin Offenhauer.

Per her wishes, she has been cremated; a memorial service is planned 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Halstead United Methodist Church.

Memorials have been established with the Halstead First United Methodist Church and the Halstead Historical Society, both in care of the Halstead Community Foundation, Box 4, Halstead.

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