Ethel L. McGrath
Ethel L. McGrath, of Arkansas City, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the Presbyterian Manor Health Unit. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2007, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Ponca City I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Chambers will officiate. The family will greet friends at the funeral home 6-8 p.m. today. Ethel was born Sept. 6, 1909, in Arlington, Kan., to Fredrick and Winnie May (Hynes) Christenson. She was reared and educated in Alva, Okla., graduating from high school in 1927. She married Norman Sifers and from that union was born Nancy Ann Sifers who died in a car accident at age 2. The couple was later divorced. She then married Earle McGrath in 1954. The couple lived in Wichita and Tulsa before moving to Arkansas City in 1988. Ethel worked as a salesperson and a dance instructor. She was a member of the Central Christian Church while living in Arkansas City. Survivors include one sister, Ardith Harris, of Arkansas City, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earle; daughter, Nancy Ann; brothers. Harry, William, and Claude Christenson; and sisters, Bernice Wilson and Dorothy Christenson.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City.
Col. Leonard Hayes Fuller (U.S. Army - Ret.)
Col. Leonard Hayes Fuller (U.S. Army - Ret.) died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Col. Fuller was laid to rest in McAlester, Okla., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. Fuller was born in Arkansas City, on Jan. 26, 1911. He was an Osage Indian, and served his country for seven years in the National Guard, and 20 more years on active duty, retiring as a colonel. He entered active duty in Arkansas City. He served in World War II, the Korean War, and was stationed in postwar Japan and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star, among other decorations. With his first wife of over 60 years, Mary, he raised Leonard Fuller Jr. and Mary Ann Fuller Holt. He graduated with an A.A. from Eastern Oklahoma State College, and after retirement from the U.S. Army, he became the founding director of the Model Cities program in McAlester, Okla. Following retirement from that position, he was active in founding an alcohol rehabilitation center in McAlester, and served as the president of the Oklahoma State Mental Health Association. He was also very active in his church and the Salvation Army. Survivors include his son, Leonard Fuller Jr. and his wife, Seley; his grandson, Hayes Fuller and his wife, Rosanne; his great-grandchildren, Eric and Annie Fuller; his grandson, David Holt and his wife, Rachel; and his nephew, Charles Holt III. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Goley Fuller; his brother, Keith; his first wife, Mary; his second wife, Louise; and his daughter, Mary Ann.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Bishop Funeral Service, McAlester, Okla.
Gerald Jacob "Jerry" Huisman
Gerald Jacob "Jerry" Huisman, 69, resident of Hospers, Iowa, formerly of Newkirk, died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the Newkirk Reformed Church, rural Hospers, with the Rev. Dennis Hietbrink officiating. Interment will follow at the Newkirk (Iowa) Cemetery. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Hudson, S.D., the son of Herbert M. and Kate (Van Rooyen) Huisman. He was raised in the Rock Valley and Lebanon areas. In 2002, he moved to Hospers, where he was employed at the Farm Service Shop and at Aalbers and Niichel Excavating and Trucking in Alton. Survivors include Greta May (Koldenhoven) Huisman, his wife of more than 49 years; three children, Ashley Huisman, of Stewartville, Minn., Bradley Huisman, of Caney, Kan., and Sara Ederma, of Middletown, Penn; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; four sisters, Edith Kuiken, of Maurice, Iowa, Janet De Groot, of Hull, Iowa, Harriet Kleinhesselink, of Orange City, Iowa. and Wilma De Boom, of Sioux Center, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew Huisman; a sister, Mina Renes; and two brothers-in-law.
A memorial fund has been established with the Hospers Fire Department. Contributions may be made through Eastman National Bank, Box 468, Newkirk. Arrangements are under the direction of the Oolman Funeral Home, Hospers.
Richelle Jo Lambert
Richelle Jo Lambert, 38, formerly of Arkansas City, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at her residence in Reserve, Kan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Charles Seiwert will officiate. Interment will follow in the Parker Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Richelle was born May 22, 1968, at the Hahn Air Force Base in Germany to Joseph R. and Barbara J. (Wapp) Lambert. She was reared and educated in Arkansas City graduating from Arkansas City High School and later Cowley County Community College. She was currently employed at the Sac-Fox Tribal Museum. Richelle was a member of the board of the local housing authority. Survivors include her mother, Barbara Lambert, of Arkansas City; three brothers, Richard, of Arkansas City, Ron and his wife, Michelle, of Leawood, Kan., Roland and his wife, Amanda, of Arkansas City; grandmother, Josephine Wapp, of Lawton, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; maternal grandfather, Ed Wapp; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs Rolland Lambert.
A memorial has been established with St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City.
Clifford Dusenbery, 82, of Arkansas City, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Andy Wheeler will officiate. Internment will follow in the Parker Cemetery. Clifford was born May 1, 1924, to William Grover and Mary Mulvina (Snyder) Dusenbery in Wichita. Clifford's great-great grandfather, William Dusenbery, served in the Revolutionary War and a marker, still standing today, was erected in Sego, Perry County, Ohio, honoring his service in the war. Clifford was in the United States Army and served in WWII. On May 31, 1949, he married Betty Louise (McMahon) Anderson in Wichita, where they made their home. He was employed at Dusenbery & Son's Trucking with his father and brother, Bill. He later was employed at Raney Davis foods. In 1981, Clifford moved to Arkansas City. Survivors include two sisters, Vivian Glazier, of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Leona Porter, of Clearlake, Calif.; seven daughters, Sherry Heath, of Hollister, Mo.; Brenda Wilson, Jackie Drake, Tammy Robbins, Jody Hernandez and her husband, Rudy, all of Ark City, Debra Webb, Truth or Consequences, N.M., and Kristi Dusenbury, Wichita; one step-son, James Anderson, of Springfield, Mo.; 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty in 1986; two brothers, Paul Dusenbery and William "Bill" Dusenbery; two sisters, Cecile Allen and Virginia Jones; and a granddaughter, Cheryl (English) Graham.
A memorial has been established with the Hospice Care of Kansas. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Michael Stubbs, 60, Arkansas City, died early Tuesday morning, March 20, 2007, at the South Central Regional Medical Center, in Arkansas City.
Arrangements are pending and under the direction of the Hawks Funeral Home, Arkansas City.
Lucille Barton, 94, Oxford, died late Monday evening March 19, 2007, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford.
Arrangements are pending and under the direction of the Oxford Funeral Service, Oxford.
Laurence Frederick Coggins
Laurence Frederick Coggins, 63, of Braman, Okla., died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at his son's residence in Newkirk, Okla. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the Mount Hope Cemetery of Geuda Springs. Pastor Rick Birchum will officiate. Laurence was born July 17, 1941, in Ashton, Kan., to Burrell Lowell and Eunice Irene (White) Coggins. He was reared and educated in Geuda Springs, graduating from Geuda Springs High School 1959. He married Mary Ellen Schamahorn on January 10, 1992, in Haysville, Kan. The couple made their home in Haysville for several years before moving to the Braman area in 2003. Laurence worked as a heavy equipment operator and high line construction worker for several companies including Teides High Line Construction Company, of Haysville. He was a member of the Haysville Masonic Lodge and the Wichita Midian Temple. Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; one son, Harry, of Newkirk; two step-sons, Billy Sindorf, of California, and Curtis Sindorf, of Wichita; two daughters, Julie Perry, of Caldwell, Laurie Fisher, of Arkansas City; two step-daughters, Jolene Sindorf, of Braman, Susan Byers, of Newkirk; three brothers, Tom Coggins and Harley Coggins, both of Texas, Les Coggins, of Kiowa, Kan.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial has been established with the Hospice of North-Central Oklahoma. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are being made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, of Arkansas City.
Marie Woods, 90, of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2005, at the Hawks Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Born Jan. 2, 1915, in the Greenwood Township near Wellington, she was the daughter of Charles and Maggie (Harris) Underwood. She lived for several years in the Wellington area where she married Earl Mitchell Bruce. She later married Alvin L. Woods on March 24, 1958, in Miami, Okla. The couple lived in Arkansas City several years before moving to Davis, Okla., where they lived for five years until he died in June 1985. She returned to Arkansas City shortly after his death. Marie worked at the Whacker Discount Store in Davis. She worked at the Arkansas City Memorial Hospital, T.G.&Y. and later at the Arkansas City Wal-Mart until her retirement. Survivors include her children Bob Bruce, and his wife, Paula, of Davis, Okla., Mervin Bruce, and his wife, Verna, of Arkansas City, Shirley Bright, of Arkansas City; Janice Sparks, of Oklahoma City, Donald Bruce, and his wife, Aleta, of Arkansas City, Cheryl Baughman, and her husband, Bill, of Arkansas City, Gary Bruce, and his wife; Caroline, of Arkansas City; Rhonda Brumback, and her husband, Bob, of Arkansas City;Ronnie Bruce, and his wife, Lynda Gayle, of Canton, Texas, Brenda Sexton, and her husband, Tommy, of Roff, Okla.; step-children Alvin Woods, Larry Woods and Cathy Mayhill, all of Arkansas City, and Fay Thomas, of Reno, Nev.; 32 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Marilyn Neueberg, and one step-daughter, Alice Steelman.
A memorial has been established with The Gideons and the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Association. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hawks Funeral Home, Arkansas City.
Billy Dean Zimmerman
Billy Dean Zimmerman, 78, died Friday, in Winfield, Kan. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the north Cedar Cementary in Cedar Vale.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Wheeler Funeral Home in Cedar Vale.
John James Musselman
John James Musselman, 17, of Arkansas City, died Saturday, February 10, 2007. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Brad Vogele will officiate. John was born in Bedford, Penn. Dec. 30, 1989. John attended grade school in Bedford, Penn. He then moved to Ark City where he attended Ark City Middle School and Ark City High School. John was a cowboy and had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed being outside, bullriding, and doing cowboy work. He also enjoyed wrestling and was a member of the FFA. Survivors include his mother, Cindy Musselman, and Tony Stephens; sister, Harlee Musselman; step sister, Monica Neeley; step brothers, T.J. Stephens and Jesse Stephens all of Ark City ; maternal grandmother, Sue Sheirer of Bedford, Penn.; paternal grandparents, Tim and Cindy Robinette of Schellsburg, Penn.; step grandparents, Bob and Kay Rising, and Charlie and Anna Stephens, all of Mulvane; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William A. Sheirer, and his paternal grandfather, Roger Musselman.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Charles Paul Carter
Charles Paul Carter, 59, of Arkansas City, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at the Church of Christ (517 N. A street). Brother Gratz Brown will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rosewald Cemetery, Guthrie, Okla.
Rosemary Hamilton, 59, of Arkansas City, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at her residence. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at the Bible Christian Church. Chaplain Vernon Richardson will officiate. Cremation has been effected. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery.
Chester Smith, of Winfield and Udall, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at the Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at the Udall High Gym. Interment will be in the Udall City Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Born Oct. 9, 1918 in Udall, Kan., to Thomas Dove and Alice (Busch) Smith, he was raised and educated in Udall. On Feb. 11, 1946, he married Norma Darnell and she preceded him in death on March 8, 2001. Chester managed the maintenance of the school buses and drove the bus routes for 20 years at Udall. He is survived by sons, Richard J., of Udall, Robert A., of Wichita, Carl W., of Winfield, C. David, of Winfield and Kevin T., of Winfield; daughter Kathryn L. Witte, of Oxford; 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Hospice. Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Opal Evelyn Merz
Funeral services for Opal Evelyn Merz, who died Feb. 7, 2007, were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at Hillside Bible Baptist Church in Arkansas City. The Rev. Wayne Burke officiated. Interment was in Parker Cemetery, Ark City. Casketbearers were Robert Albin, Nathan Benton Jr., Les Hadorn, Bruce Smith, Chad Eckstein and Billy Mathis.
Carl Jamison, 87, of Winfield, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at the Good Samritan Village in Winfield. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery south of Atlanta. Born June 29, 1919, in rural Atlanta, he was the son of Clyde and Claudia (Whiteman) Jamison. He was raised in the Atlanta area and received his education at Timber Creek. In 1946, he was united in marriage to Maxine Lindley. They divorced in 1980. He is survived by one sister, Joy Williams of El Dorado; nieces and nephews; and a special firend, Kristina McDanel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth and his sister, Lavina Krug.
Memorials have been established in Carl's name for the Good Samaritan Villlage and the USD #462 Central of Burden Elementary School Library.
Samuel E. Burdett
Samuel E. Burdett, 83, Winfield, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at Miles Funeral Service, Winfield. Military committal honors will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Grenola. Born Nov. 1, 1923, in Leeds, Kan., he was the son of Silas and Mamie (Lambert) Burdett. He was a welder. Survivors include his wife, Maxine (Marshall) Burdett, Winfield; son, Stan Burdett, Caldwell; brothers, Alfred Burdett, Sedan, and Allen Burdett, Grenola; sisters, Alma Bainter and Mary Alice Allison, Grenola; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial has been established for the Wesley (NIC)) Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit in Wichita. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Miles Funeral Service, Winfield.
James Henry (Smiley) Schmeidler Sr.
James Henry (Smiley) Schmeidler Sr. died Feb. 8, 2007.
Funeral arrangements are pending and are under the direction of DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary, of Wichita.