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Kelsey Hanna, 24

Posted 12/20/2018

WICHITA—Kelsey Hanna, 24, of Wichita passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in Wichita. She was born on Sept. 1, 1994 in Wichita.

Kelsey enjoyed serving her patrons, traveling and loved her son Connor and nieces and nephews, Wyatt, Jaxsyn and Caydence. She was attending Wichita State, studying to receive a biomedical engineering degree. Kelsey never met a stranger that didn't become a friend.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Diana Hanna. Survivors include her son Connor, father Mark Hanna, brother Logan Hanna, Matthew Carr, nieces and nephews Wyatt, Jaxsyn and Caydence, grandmothers Laura Freeman and Alice Considine, and grandfather Robert Hanna.

A memorial mass will be held 5 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 13, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 106 E. 8th St., Newton, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Remembering Kelsey Fund,

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Jan Stutzman

Posted 12/20/2018

Jan Stutzman, wife of Dallas, mother of Kara and Todd, died Dec. 17, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Whitestone Mennonite Church, 629 Crescent Drive, Hesston.

A visitation with family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Whitestone Mennonite Church.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.

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Robert L. 'Bob' Hornback, 67

Posted 12/13/2018

BURRTON—Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Hornback, 67, died Dec. 8, 2018, at his home. He was born Jan. 2, 1951, in Fowler, the son of Elmer Loel and Joan Yvonne (Alexander) Hornback.

The family moved to rural Cherryvale, Kansas, in 1956. Bob graduated from Labette County High School in 1969 and Kansas State College vocational school in Pittsburg in 1972. He worked at Cessna Fluid Power (which became Eaton Fluid Power in 1988) from 1972 to 2009, when he retired as a Lead Manufacturing Engineer. During retirement, Bob enjoyed drag racing his 1969 Camaro and doing woodworking projects.

On May 15, 1971, he married Marguerite ‘Margy’ Shepherd in Parsons. She survives.

Also surviving are: sons, Michael Hornback and wife Tara of Olathe, Mitchell Hornback and wife Tonya of Hutchinson; six grandchildren, Rebecca, Jeremy, Koalton, Blake, Reid, and Fallon; one great-grandchild, Jacob; a brother, Richard ‘Dick’ Hornback and wife Dana of Parsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Elliott Chapel, with Pastor Tom Scott officiating.  Burial will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Harmony Grove Cemetery, rural Cherryvale. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with family present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Elliott Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Dennis E. Schroeder, 71

Posted 12/13/2018

FALL RIVER—Dennis E. Schroeder age 71 of Fall River, Kansas died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at Fredonia Regional Hospital.  Dennis was born on March 22, 1947 in Wichita, the son of Clyde and Anna (Taylor) Schroeder.

Dennis was a graduate of Wichita North H.S. class of 1965, and then graduated from Friends University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Dennis started teaching at Sedgwick High School, and then onto Wichita North High School, for a total of 30 years.  During those years he also coached swimming, football, basketball, track and cross country.

On Oct. 31, 1974, Dennis married Janene McVicar.  Dennis and Janene have been married for 44 years, and she survives at their home.  Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the lake boating and skiing.  He was an avid stamp collector.  Most of all, Dennis loved being with his family.

Including his wife Janene, Dennis is survived by two sons, Layne Schroeder and wife Amy of Sedgwick and Lucas Schroeder and wife Brandi of Norwich; 11 grandchildren: Hooper, Kale, Parker, Jordy, Piper, Kinley, Jayden, Brayln, Tray, Kyedon and Easton Schroeder; sister-in-law Cyndy McMenamin and niece Amy Gisczinski of Fairhope, Alabama

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald Schroeder.

Cremation has been requested and the family will be hosting a Memorial Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at the First Christian Church – Hall in Sedgwick.  Online condolences may be left at:  Services entrusted to  Countryside Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wichita North High School and can be left at or mailed to Countryside Funeral Home, 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736.

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LoErna Koch Palmer Simpson

Posted 12/13/2018

LoErna Koch Palmer Simpson died Oct. 13, 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Oregon.  She was the daughter of Ernest and Lola Basore Koch at Sedgwick, Kansas, and a resident of Sedgwick until graduating from Sedgwick High School in 1957.

She held degrees in textiles from Friends University, Kansas State University, Texas Women’s University and was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, Oregon State and Bassist College.

She was very active in the First United Methodist Church at Corvallis, Oregon.  She married Thomas Palmer and later James E. Simpson. 

Survivors include her children Laura Welch, Larry Palmer and Tammy Simpson, a brother John Koch of Garland, Texas and step-children Jeannie Samdani, Greg and Remy Simpson.

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Rodney K. Adkins, 59

Posted 12/6/2018

Rodney K Adkins, age 59, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 unexpectedly due to a heart attack. He was born on March 8, 1959, to Kenneth and Connie Adkins.

Rod truly lived life to the fullest. He had a larger than life smile and gave the best bear hugs.

Rod is survived by his children, Jess (husband Michael) Estes of Independence, Missouri; Buster (wife Mikayla) Adkins of Wichita; Adie (husband Matt) Fischer of Elgin, Oklahoma; sister Pam (husband Steve) Mitchell of Wichita; brother Jim Adkins of Raleigh, North Carolina, and six grandchildren Cole Estes, Lucas Estes, Ella Estes, Hudson Fischer, Kate Fischer and Ruby Adkins. He was preceded in death by his mother (Connie) and his father (Kenny).

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bridgeport Missionary Baptist 3233 N Market, Wichita, KS 67219.

Pastor Mitch Andrla will officiate.

Celebration of life will be held at the Halstead American Legion following the memorial starting at 5. All friends and family are welcome.

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Charlene 'Charn' Cornett, 87

Posted 12/6/2018

BURRTON—Charlene ‘Charn’ Cornett began her new life in heaven on Dec. 2, 2018.  Charlene was born in Burrton, Kansas, July 27, 1931, to Chester C. and Faye L. Collins.

She was employed by the State Bank of Burrton for 36 years. Charlene was a member of the Burrton United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Eastern Star, and Junior Nova Vista, all of Burrton.  She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, singing in the church choir, and sewing.  She was a very devoted sister and aunt.

On July 30, 1949, she married William R. Cornett, who preceded her in death Dec. 1, 2015.

Charlene was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold E. Collins and both parents, Chester C. and Faye L. Collins. 

Charlene is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie L. and Joseph D. Pearce of Burrton.  She was and is loved by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, along with great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Burrton United Methodist Church, 114 West Center Street, Burrton, with Pastor Kim Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow in Burrton Cemetery.  Friends called from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Burrton United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS  67501.

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Virginia Marvelle (Kerschner) Hatfield, 98

Posted 12/6/2018

BENTLEY—Virginia Marvelle (Kerschner) Hatfield 98, was born on Feb. 24, 1920 and moved into her heavenly home Nov. 27, 2018. 

She leaves behind loving family, daughter Ann and Gary Phillips of Bentley, granddaughter Asa and Scott Galloway and great granddaughter Kenzie, numerous grandkids and great grandkids; sister-in-laws Phyllis Kerschner and T-Ann Kerschner; and many treasured friends.

She was preceded by her husband Caris Hatfield, daughter Connie Hatfield, parents Raymond and Nancy Kerschner, sister Geraldine Robinson, brothers Lonnie, Dick, Don, Clifford and Rex Kerschner.  Memorials may be designated to the Bentley Methodist Church, P.O. Box 414, Bentley, KS  67016.

Visitation was from 5-6 p.m., with service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Baker Funeral Home Valley Center.  She was laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Doris I. "Jackie" Unruh

Posted 12/6/2018

HALSTEAD—Doris I.  “Jackie” Unruh, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at the Homestead of Halstead.

She was born April 1, 1933 at Canton, to Ervin and Adeline (Nightingale) Becker.

She was a Halstead resident since 1955 and was a dietary worker at Halstead Hospital for 20 years.

On Feb. 15, 1953 she married Edwin A. Unruh at Moundridge. He preceded her in death Sept. 10, 2011.

She is survived by daughters: Rita (Alan) Beach, Haysville; Trula (Daniel) Unruh, Gentry, Arkansas; Lisa Unruh, Columbus, MS; brothers: LeRoy, and John (Minnie) Becker, Moundridge; sisters: Wilma Nightingale, Nadine Unruh, LaVaun (Frank) Wenger, all of Moundridge; Deola (Carl) Wenger, Hesston; Judy (Harold) Koehn, Montezuma; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marcella Koehn.

Friends called from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead. The family greeted friends from 6:30-8 p.m.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, also at Kaufman Funeral Home, with Ministers Dean Becker and Franklin Wenger presiding.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of the funeral home.

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