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Sharon Lea Miller

Posted 2/28/2018

HESSTON—Sharon Lea Miller, 78, died Feb. 20, 2018, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. She was born March 21, 1939, in Hutchinson, to Earl and Lois (Vinson) Johnson.

Sharon was a homemaker who loved to bake and take care of her family. She also owned the Happy Hair Beauty Salon in Burrton for a number of years until she sold the business. Sharon then worked in the trust department at Emprise Bank & Trust in Hutchinson and at Yoder Concrete in Burrton before her retirement. She was a member of Burrton United Methodist Church, Burrton.

Sharon married Francis E. Luginbill on Aug. 15, 1957. He died in Aug. of 1981. She then married Dean L. Miller on Aug. 8, 1991. He died in Feb. of 2005.

Survivors include: son, Randal Luginbill (Sherry) of Cloverdale, California; daughters, Linda Janzen (Dave) of Burrton, Carla Luginbill of Overland Park, Denise Shockey of Wichita, Shawn Voth (Don) of Marion; 11 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Ricketts (Howard) of Wichita.

She was preceded in death by: parents; her two husbands; and a daughter, Jenell Miller.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in Burrton Cemetery with Pastor Nanette Roberts officiating. Friends may sign the book 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Following the service, everyone is invited to the United Methodist Church in Burrton for Sharon’s children’s and grandchildren’s favorite cookies.

Memorials may be to the Good Samaritan Fund at Schowalter Villa, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.


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Amy Louise Rea

Posted 2/28/2018

HALSTEAD – Amy Louise Rea, 64, of New York City and formerly of Halstead, Kansas, passed away Nov. 11, 2017 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York.  Amy survived for 29 months following a diagnosis of glioblastoma brain cancer before succumbing to the cancer.

Amy was born in Newton, Kansas, on Dec. 20, 1952, and shared that birthdate with her father, Harold Rea, former editor and publisher of the Halstead Independent

She graduated from Halstead High School in 1970, attended Kansas State University (where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority) and graduated from Kansas University in 1974.  Amy appeared in various plays in high school as well as at KSU, KU, and in the New York Theater.  She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild.  

Most recently she was a successful real estate broker in New York City.  For the past 14 years, she worked at one of the largest real estate firms in New York, ironically named Halstead Properties, Inc. (founded in 1984 by Clark Halstead).

Amy was preceded in death by her father, Harold Rea (former owner of the Halstead Independent); mother, Elinor Uhl Rea (former grade school teacher in Halstead); and brother, Russell Lewis Rea.  She is survived by her sister Ruth Fraser of Williamsburg Virginia; and brothers Roger Rea (Liz) of Omaha, Nebraska and James Rea (Jean) of Wichita, Kansas; daughter Venus Ranieri of Whippany, New Jersey, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Amy was a member of various skating and dance organizations in New York, including the Central Park Dance Skaters Association (CPDSA), and is perhaps best known in Halstead for roller dancing on the bricks of Main Street during Old Settlers Celebrations.  She received the first-place award as an individual participant in the Old Settlers Parade on several occasions for her skating expertise.

Amy’s ashes will be interred in a private ceremony in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton on March 9. 

Amy’s friends and acquaintances are invited to join the family in a celebration of Amy’s life on Saturday, March 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post #231, 201 East First Street in Halstead.  In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Halstead Community Foundation, PO Box 4, Halstead, KS 67056.

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Marvin Kenneth Stein

Posted 2/28/2018

HALSTEAD—Marvin Kenneth Stein, 101, died Feb. 22, 2018 at Reno County Hospice House, Hutchinson, Kansas.

He was born March 15, 1916 to Samuel and Anna (Stamm) Stein.

He graduated from Halstead High School in 1933 and was a lifelong Harvey County resident and 4-H supporter.

On May 21, 1939 he married Ruby Royer and to this marriage seven children were born.

Marvin was an artist and craftsman at heart, but provided for his family by farming.  He also worked at Stevens Spring, Excel, and Hesston Corp. 

In retirement, he used his woodworking skills to make many beautiful things for his family.  He was a master of puns and enjoyed playing Password, watching Jeopardy, solving crossword puzzles, reading newspapers, growing flowers and feeding a multitude of barn cats.  He was fiercely independent and was able to drive and do his own shopping until the last few weeks of his life.

He is survived by sons: Kermit (Shirley), Wishek, North Dakota; Kenneth (Paula), rural Halstead; Ed, Hutchinson; Ted (Kathy), rural Sedgwick; and daughter: Wanda (Rod) Ryel, rural, Sedgwick; five grandchildren, several great and great-great-grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Ruby in 1994, his parents, brother Wesley, sister Verna Randall, infant son Gerald and oldest son James.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation was Feb. 27 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Reno County Hospice in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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