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Marjorie L. Will

Posted 6/22/2017

HALSTEAD—Marjorie L. Will, 83, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Homestead of Halstead in Halstead.

She was born Dec. 27, 1933 at Bentley to Virgil Ray and Helen (Trego) Wilson.

A resident of Halstead since 1954, she was a member of First Mennonite Church, and worked as a medical transcriptionist at Halstead Hospital.

On March 31, 1956 she married John E. Will at Pleasant Valley Church, rural Sedgwick.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include daughters Linda (Len) Stolz, Clarksville, Tennessee; Dianne Will, Fort Worth, Texas; Carla (Steven) Orr, Grapevine, Texas; sister Shirley (Jerry) Sheffler, Sedgwick; grandchildren Amanda (Sean) Evanoff, Fort Riley, Kansas; Eric Stolz, Washington, D.C.; and great-grandchildren Lillian, Ellie Mae, William and Katherine Evanoff.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Smith.

Friends called Wednesday, June 21 with the family greeting at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Committal service is Thursday, June 22 at Halstead Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, Halstead with Pastor John Otto officiating.

Memorials may be given to the church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Monroe Howard Edgmon

Posted 6/22/2017

RINCON, Ga.—Monroe Howard Edgmon, 50, died June 18, 2017 at his residence. The Bentley native was a senior sheet metal tech for Gulf Stream. He was a member of the 1986 graduating class of Halstead High School.  He enjoyed going to the beach. 

Survivors include his children Shyanne Edgmon, Joshua Edgmon and Jeffrey Edgmon; his father Jack Edgmon; brother Phillip Edgmon; sisters Melinda Carroll, Shirlene LeBleu, Derease McLain and Jacque Michalowski; and five grandchildren, Justis, Finley, Kyler, Macklan and Rhys.

Memorial service will be held in Bentley at a later date.

Condolence cards can be sent to Jack Edgmon, PO Box 35 Bentley, KS 67016.

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Helen L. Stubby

Posted 6/15/2017

Helen L. Stubby, age 88, of Burrton passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Peachtree Village in Holiday Island, Arkansas.

She was born November 4, 1928 in Wichita, the daughter of Melvin L. and I. Faye (Calvin) Edwards. On September 22, 1953 she was united in marriage to LaVerne Stubby, who preceded her in death in 1977.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers M. Lloyd Edwards and M. Joe Edwards and one sister, Rita F. Grandon.

Surviving are two sons, Steve Stubby and his wife Betty of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and David Stubby of Wamego, Kansas; one brother, Donald L. Edwards of Wichita, Kansas; two sisters, Reva F. Hern of Topeka, Kansas and Patricia S. Bryant of Burrton, Kansas; five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Helen received her education in Kansas and in 1948 began teaching at Dighton, Kansas, remaining there two years.  She then taught for three years at Moundridge, Kansas at which time she stayed home for six years to raise her two sons, Steven and David.  In 1959 she began teaching in Burrton, Kansas, retiring in 1992, but working part time for a few years following her retirement. 

She was a member of Burrton United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Order of the Eastern Star and Harvey County Retired Teachers Association.  After and during her time of teaching she worked at the church and school ball games for many years.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Burrton United Methodist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville, Missouri. Pastor Ron Kite will conduct the services.  Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Burrton United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made to Burrton United Methodist Church or Burrton Public Library in memory of Helen.

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Ruth J. McCurry

Posted 6/15/2017

HAVEN – Ruth J. McCurry, 86, passed away on June 6, 2017 at the Haven House, Haven, KS.  She was born November 7, 1930 in Hutchinson, the daughter of Earl H. and Myrtle (Hobbs) Campbell. 

She was a member of the Mt Hope Methodist Church.  On June 5, 1949, she married A. J. McCurry at the Centennial Church.  He passed away on January 20, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson Tyler Schlender, a sister Jean Campbell and a brother Lyle Campbell. 

She is survived by her children Andy (Mary) McCurry of Burrton, V. Ray (Rose) McCurry of Burrton, Jan (Raymond) Dixon of McAlester, OK, Carole (Rick) Schlender of Burrton, a sister Anne (Charles) Muse of Webster Groves, MO, four grandchildren, John (Melody) McCurry, Emily (Tyson) Mullen, Curt (Whitney) Dixon, Erica Schlender, seven great grandchildren, Aubree, Molly, and Drew McCurry, Avery and Hallie Mullen, Addie and Cooper Dixon.  

Family greeted friends from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Ott Funeral Home, Haven, KS.  Graveside service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at Mt Hope Cemetery, Mt Hope, KS with Reverend Kim Benson officiating.  Memorials may be sent to Haven House in care of Ott Funeral Home, Haven, KS.

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Orville J. Milne

Posted 6/15/2017

HALSTEAD—Orville J. Milne, 89, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation, Halstead, KS,

He was born July 13, 1927 at Sedgwick, KS to James W. and Anna Bertha Margareth (Paseman) Milne.

He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. Following his service he returned to and graduated from Sedgwick High School.

He worked for Sedgwick Alfalfa Mill and as a custodian for Sedgwick schools. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and Hicks-Davison American Legion Post 268, Sedgwick.

On October 8, 1949 he married Margaret Jane Stamback at Sedgwick.  She preceded him in death, July 7, 2005.

He is survived by a brother James (Karen) Milne, Edmond, OK; daughter-in law Charlotte Milne, Halstead; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his son James Max Milne, daughter Jane Ann Hill, brothers Walt and Oren Milne, sisters Edith Armfield and Dorothy Senn.

The family greeted friends from 3-6 Sunday, May 21 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Plymouth Congregational Church, Sedgwick with Pastor Craig Reynolds officiating.

Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.

Memorials may be given to Plymouth Congregational Church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home. Halstead.

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Hilma L. Dirks

Posted 6/15/2017

MOUNDRIDGE—Hilma L. Dirks, 88, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Pine Village, Moundridge.

She was born November 30, 1928 at Halstead to Daniel C. and Elizabeth (Becker) Buller.

She was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, homemaker, and lifelong Halstead resident prior to moving to Moundridge in 2014.

On October 9, 1949 she married Willis Dirks at Halstead; he survives at home in Moundridge.

Other survivors include son Stan (Loretta) Dirks, Halstead; daughter Anita (Jim) Kehn, Ulysses; brother Chris (Karen) Buller, Newton; sisters Ada Koehn, Moundridge; Judy (Alton) Reimer, Detroit, TX; Helen (Lorne) Reimer, Halstead; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers Jonas, Aaron, Reuben, Irvin and Jim Buller; sisters Edna Koehn and Amanda Unruh.

Visitation was from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at Grace Mennonite Church, Halstead.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, also at the church, with ministers Raleigh Koehn, Marlin Unruh and Dean Becker officiating.

Burial followed at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to National Kidney Foundation in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Paul David McGinn

Posted 6/8/2017

Paul David McGinn, 64, of Springfield, Missouri entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  He was born Dec. 18 1952. 

He was raised in Sedgwick by the late Sam and Virginia McGinn. He was the beloved husband of Sheila Cannon McGinn for 37 years, was the dear father of Sam and Maggie McGinn and Annie (Cory) Cox and was the brother of Mick (the late Joyce) McGinn and Jim (Renea) McGinn and the late Tom McGinn. 

He was a loving son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, brother and a good friend to many.  David began his broadcast career over 40 years ago. Most of his professional radio career was spent in Springfield where he was known as Mike Morgan.  He was well respected by family, friends and colleagues and will be greatly missed.

A funeral mass took place Friday, June 2 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Springfield. Interment followed at Maple Park Cemetery.

Memorials are to the American Cancer Society 2926 East Battlefield Road in Springfield, MO 65804 or to the Developmental Center of the Ozarks 1545 East Pythian Springfield, MO 65802.

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H. Jane Hiebert

Posted 6/8/2017

GOESSEL—H. Jane Hiebert, 84, passed away on June 2, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge.  She was born June 10, 1932 at Wray, Colorado, the daughter of Henry and Agnes Braun Klassen. 

She had taught school at Halstead and then Goessel before retiring, and she was active in the family farming operation.  She was a member of the Goessel Mennonite Church, a founding member of the Town and Country Garden Club, Goessel, and for many years was active in the Goessel 4-H Club. 

On May 25, 1957 she married Donald E. Hiebert at Halstead.  He survives.  Other survivors include a son, Keven (Debra) Hiebert and daughter Lauren all of Goessel, two daughters, Natalie Hiebert of Tribune, and Marjean (Chad) Deines of WaKeeney, two sisters, Jo Larson of Greeley, CO, and Katheryn Klassen of Topeka. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Arnie Klassen and a sister Lillian Seaman.  Friends called June 6 at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel.  Funeral service was Wednesday, June 7 at Goessel Mennonite Church with Pastor Brad Penner officiating.  Burial will be in the Goessel Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Town and County Garden Club in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel.

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Raymond M. Beisel

Posted 6/8/2017

DOWNS—Raymond M. Beisel, 89, passed away May 31, 2017.  He was born April 30, 1928 in Hays to Godfrey and Marie (Major) Beisel.  He was a retired barber and game warden. 

He is preceded in death by sister Marie Grabosch and son-in-law William Armbrister. He is survived by wife Imogene (Hahn) Beisel, children Pamela Armbrister of Wichita and Steven (Karol) Beisel of Marysville, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Church on Saturday, June 3.  Memorials may be given to the Downs Senior Center in care of Domoney Funeral Home, PO Box 127 Downs, KS 67437. 

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Stephen K. Behymer

Posted 6/8/2017

PRATT—Stephen K. 'Steve' Behymer, 68, died May 24, 2017 at his home in Pratt. He was born March 19, 1949 in Wichita to Keith H. Behymer and Norma J. Smith Behymer. He was a retired math educator.

Survivors include brothers David H Behymer and wife, Pam, Newton, Kansas; Douglas Behymer, Phoenix, Arizona; Brian Behymer, Tampa, Florida and sister Celeste Duggan, Wichita.

His request was to be cremated and a private family memorial will be held at a later date in Sedgwick. Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary will handle arrangements with Hillside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pratt Community College Math and Science Department or the Kansas Wildlife Parks and Tourism youth programs.

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