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Beulah I. Arrowsmith, 98

Posted 9/20/2018

NEWTON—Beulah I. Arrowsmith, 98, died, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at Asbury Park, Newton.

She was born Oct. 30, 1919 at Los Angeles, California to Howard Thornton and Blache Viola (Kier) Creasser.

She was a lifelong Bentley area resident prior to moving to Newton in 2009.

She was a homemaker and seamstress, and she made several wedding dresses for family members.  She also enjoyed needlework and crochet.

She was a member of the Bentley Cafe Koffee Klatch.

On Nov. 11, 1941 she married Donovan Lee Arrowsmith at Los Angeles, California.  He preceded her in death April 27, 1991.

Survivors include sons: Howard (Carolyn) Arrowsmith, Goessel; Gail (Jo) Arrowsmith, Newton; daughter: Doneva Arrowsmith, Newton; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers Ansel, Howard, and Harold Creasser and a great-grandson Christopher Arrowsmith.

Funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 15 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

Memorials may be given to Asbury Park in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Kathleen LuSue Bardot, 59

Posted 9/20/2018

Kathleen LuSue Bardot, 59, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. She was born July 9, 1959 to Jerry Bardot and Jane Densmore. Kathy resided in Halstead.

She was survived by her mother, Jane Densmore, her children Chris Hatch (Jen Hatch), Matt Kruse (Amanda Kruse), Kara Havel and her six grandchildren: Maleah, Jaxson, Ryker, Kloe, Emma and Ellie.

She was preceded in death by her father Jerry Bardot and her brother Mark Bardot.

Kathy touched the lives of countless individuals. Her carefree spirit and eccentric personality will be sincerely missed.

A celebration of life will be held in her honor. Arrangements for the event will be published on her Facebook page at a later date. We love you and miss you always.

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Patrick H. McGinn, 86

Posted 9/20/2018

HALSTEAD—Patrick H. McGinn, 86, died Friday Sept. 14, 2018 at Halstead.

He was born Feb. 8, 1932 at Sedgwick, to Hayes P. and Agnes (Schaplowsky) McGinn.

He was a lifelong Sedgwick and Halstead resident and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked maintenance at Vulcan Chemical, Wichita.

On Dec. 22, 1952 he married Irma Arlene McGinn at Wichita. She preceded him in death, May 28, 2014.

He is survived by sons Steve and Rick McGinn, Halstead; daughter Jeanne McGinn, Lehigh; brother Dr. Larry McGinn, Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters Agnes Johns, Wichita; Martha Jane Lindsey, Springhill, Kansas; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son Brian; daughter Linda, sisters Doris Reynolds and Ann Seidle; brothers James, Robert, Paul, Donnie, and Hayes, Jr.

The Rosary was Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead.

The Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Sept. 19, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Jeffery Fasching officiating.

Burial followed at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Christopher Lee Bocook, 50

Posted 9/13/2018

BURRTON—Christopher Lee Bocook, 50, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

He was born May 14, 1968 at Huntington, West Virginia to Clarence R. and Antonita “Toni” (Fernandez) Bocook.

A Burrton resident since 1999, he was a former West Virginia State Trooper, volunteer firefighter (Chief), and most recently a truck driver.

On June 23, 2005 he married Michele D. Rogers at Newton. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his sister, Raenita Unruh, Burrton; and nieces Kristin Unruh, and Kayla Meisenheimer, both of Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Derick Unruh.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Highland Memorial Gardens, 198 Private Road, South Point, Ohio.  Memorials may be given to Burrton Fire/E.M.S. in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Janell Louise (Wilson) Dunn, 79

Posted 9/13/2018

SEDGWICK—Janell Louise (Wilson) Dunn, 79, beloved wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

A celebration of life was held with visitation on Sunday, Sept. 9; service on Monday, Sept. 10, both held at the First Christian Church, 514 N. Franklin, Sedgwick. Graveside followed the service at White Chapel Cemetery, 1824 N. Oliver, Wichita.

She was born June 9, 1939 in Wichita to Milton L. ‘Jim’ Wilson and Helen ‘Pauline’ (Pearce) Wilson. She was a 1957 graduate of West High School in Wichita.

On June 8, 1958 she married the love of her life, G. Dwaine Dunn. Janell is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dwaine Dunn; children Deaune (Tim) Maddock of Topeka, Dennis (Ellen) Dunn of Ballwin, Missouri, Doug (Becky) Dunn of Valley Center; grandchildren Chris Maddock, Aleesha (Isaac) Wilson, Sarah Maddock, Douglas (Anastasia) Dunn, Brian Dunn, Heather (John) Moran, Caleb Dunn, Cameron (Kyla) Dunn, Kelsey Dunn, Nathanael Dunn and Meghan Dunn; great grandchildren Logan and Declan Dunn; brother Dr. James (Vivien) Wilson of Tucson, Arizona; many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Pauline Wilson. 

Janell’s children and grandchildren were the joy of her life.  She and Dwaine cherished the times they got to spend playing with and supporting family.  They were usually found on the sidelines or in the stands of their children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. 

Janell also enjoyed camping, getting together with friends, playing games, and making crafts.  One of the highlights of her month was getting together with her “Grannies” group for laughing and sharing stories about her kids and grandkids, and don’t forget the pictures. 

Janell was an active member of the First Christian Church in Sedgwick and Broadway Christian Church in Wichita as youth sponsor, Sunday school and VBS teacher, children’s choir director, and adult choir member. 

While raising her family, Janell worked in the school districts in Sedgwick and Wichita. She worked in food service and the office in Sedgwick’s school system before transferring to the Wichita school system, where she worked at Linwood and Rea Woodman schools. She then worked in the administrative center for the Wichita school district in the personnel department before retiring as an administrative assistant to the superintendent.

Memorials may be designated in her memory to First Christian Church, 514 N. Franklin, Sedgwick, Kansas 67135. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Norma J. Unruh, 89

Posted 9/6/2018

Norma J. Unruh was born on Aug. 12, 1929 to Albert and Alice Unruh at Ulysses, Kansas She peacefully passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus, Miss., on Sept. 1, 2018 at the age of 89.

Our Mother spent her childhood years in the Ulysses, Kansas area and moved with her parents to Halstead in her mid-teens.

On Aug. 15, 1948, she married our father, Melvin Unruh. They shared life’s experiences for more than 66 years. To this union were born five sons and one daughter. She found the Lord, and together with her husband, she became a member of Church in God in Christ, Mennonite, at the Grace Congregation, Halstead. She remained faithful to these vows to the end.

As children, we remember her being a stay-at-home mom who was content to take care of the many mundane tasks and responsibilities at raising a family. Since our dad was a day-laborer, it was Mom’s job to manage the small dairy and large garden projects that they had to teach us children good work ethics.

Our parents moved from Halstead to Macon, Miss. in 1978. They retired to Oakwood Manor in Brooksville, Miss. in 2013.

In December 2017, Mom had a serious fall, which caused a steady decline in her health and resulted with a need for full-care. We moved her to the Noxubee County Nursing Home in Macon. She patiently bore her limitations without complaining and always greeted us with her smile. She often expressed her desire to go home. She was admitted to the Baptist-Memorial CCU unit on Aug. 28 because of an acute change in her health. While in the CCU unit Mom again expressed her desire to go home and we finally realized she was meaning her heavenly home.

Those left to cherish her memories are sons: Barry and wife, Ruth, Columbus, Miss.; Daniel and wife, Trula, Gentry, Ark.; Gordon, Siloam Springs, Ark.; James and wife, Regina, Crawford, Miss.; David, Sioux Falls, SD; and daughter: Jeanette, Macon, Miss.; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Della, Halstead, Kan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister, Maxine Schroeder and brother, Gary Unruh.

The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for the loving care she received during the last eight months.

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