NEWKIRK - Gerald "Jerry" Ervin Cook, 60, of Newkirk, formerly of Arkansas City, died Sept. 26, 1999, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Chapel. Pastor Stephen Butler will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association. Contributions may be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Cook was born June 15, 1939, in Arkansas City, to Don E. and Freda Leota (Onstott) Cook. He was raised and educated in Arkansas City and southern California and graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1957.
He served in the United States Army.
On Nov. 26, 1980, he married Judy Gribble in Newkirk. They lived in Newkirk where he worked as a pipe fitter and welder out of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 171 of Wichita. He was working for Wall-Dinger Construction Co. at the time of his death.
Cook was a member of the American Legion post in Derby.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Cook, Newkirk; two daughters, Connie Vaden, Dexter, and Barbara Keller, Houston; two stepsons, Brian Hicks, Garden City, and Brad Hicks, currently serving in the U.S. Army in Kosovo; his mother, Leota Brooks, address not given; a brother, Donald W. Cook, Texarkana, Texas; two sisters, Delores Randol, Arkansas City, and Sue Sloan, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
CAMBRIDGE - Jennifer Nicole Norris, 20, of rural Cambridge, died Sept. 27, 1999, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita, of injuries sustained in a car accident 15 miles south of Junction City.
Norris, who was returning to Kansas State University at the time of the accident, was taken to Geary County Community Hospital and was later transported to Wichita by Medi-Vac plane.
She was to marry Chad David Giles Dec. 23 at the Dexter Baptist Church and had spent the weekend with her family working on wedding plans.
Services will be held at 2 p.m Friday in the old gym at the Dexter school. Burial will be in Cedar Vale Cemetery. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established with Martin Luther Homes of Kansas, 2120 E. Ninth, Winfield, KS 67156. A memorial scholarship fund has been set up at Commercial Federal Bank for scholarships in music, writing or social work at Cowley County Community College or Kansas State University.
Norris was born Aug. 2, 1979, in Arkansas City to Randy and Lynn Norris. She attended schools in Riverside, Calif., Dexter and Goldsboro, N.C., before attending Winfield High School her freshman year and graduating from Dexter High School in 1996.
She graduated from Cowley County Community College in 1998 and was currently majoring in social work at K-State. She resided at Clovia 4-H House.
Norris was putting herself through college by working as an in-home family support worker for her nephew, Brandon Powell. She also worked as a waitress at Sirloin Stockade in Arkansas City and Manhattan.
Survivors include her parents, Randy and Lynn Norris, and a brother, Micah, all of Cambridge; two sisters, Kara Norris, Cambridge, and Amber Norris Weber, United States Navy; her grandparents, Iola Pettigrew, Dexter, and Bob and Donis Norris, South Haven; and her fiance', Chad David Giles, Wichita.
EMPORIA - Irma Juanita Mefford, 79, of Emporia, died Sept. 28, 1999, at her home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Victory Fellowship Foursquare Gospel Church in Emporia. The Revs. Donald Northway and Mike Angell will officiate. Inurnment will be later in Bronson Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with Hand in Hand Hospice. Contributions may be made through Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home in Emporia.
Mefford was born in Bourbon County on Aug. 7, 1920, to Roy Duff and Edith (Meek) Northway.
On Sept. 13, 1937, she married Carl Raymond Mefford at Nevada, Mo.
Mefford was employed as a housekeeper at Best Western Hospitality House Motel in Emporia and as a private housekeeper. She had been retired for 18 years.
She attended Victory Fellowship Foursquare Gospel Church. A member of the Kansas Old-Time Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers, she had played with various groups in Emporia.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Mefford, Emporia; a son, Bufford L. Mefford, Waverly; a daughter, Charlotte Elaine Langlois, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; four sisters, Ione Snyder, Santa Ana, Calif., Bonnie Hensley, Winfield, Retabess Ling, Iola, and Patsy Krokstrom, Chanute; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Raymond Russell Mefford and Wilbur Max Mefford, preceded her in death.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Rose Lee Vossen, 91, of Midwest City, formerly of Winfield, died Sept. 26, 1999, in Midwest City.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 in Council Hill Cemetery at Peck. Paylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Vossen was born July 25, 1908, in Winfield, to Ephram and Henrietta (Reuter) Garretson.
She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and the Bouquet Garden Club of Midwest City.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Whitehead, Westwood Hills; a brother, Charlie Garretson, Clearwater; a sister, Blanche Rosenberry, Borger, Texas; five grandchildren five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Herb Vossen, and a daughter, Margaret Blanks, preceded her in death.
LONGTON - Vada Pearl Kimzey, 83, longtime resident of Longton, died Sept. 29, 1999, at Wilson County Hospital in Neodesha.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Longton Baptist Church. Burial will be in Longton Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Longton Senior Citizens and the American Heart Association. Contributions may be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Kimzey was born June 25, 1916, on a farm near Elk City, to William Marion and Phoebe Jane (Ebner) Towery. She attended school in Elk Falls and Chautauqua and lived her early years in rural Elk County. She earned her general equivalency diploman (GED) later in life.
On April 25, 1934, she married Ralph Andrew Kimzey at the Friends Parsonage in Bolton. They farmed in the Cove community south of Longton throughout their lives.
A homemaker, she was a charter member of the Cove Progressive Workers Extension Home Unit and the Extension Advisory Board. She also worked many years as a 4-H leader. She was a teacher at Cove Sunday School and was a member of the Worldwide Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Kimzey, Longton; two sons, David Kimzey and Kevin Kimzey, both of Elk City; five daughters, Ruth Murphy, Austin, Colo., Faith Huddle and Maradean Phinney, both of Independence, Marguerite Rasmussen, Pratt, and Janet Hadlock, Longton; a sister, Helen Williams, Sedan; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
WICHITA - John Leroy Stark, 75, of Wichita, died Oct. 1, 1999, in Wichita.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Mortuary in Haysville. The Rev. Paul Seward will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Oatville.
Stark was born May 27, 1924, in Dexter, to Merle and Lola Beatrice (Martin) Stark.
On Feb. 27, 1953, he married Frances Wheatley in Texas.
He was a laborer.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Stark, and two sons, John E. Stark and Timothy A. Stark, all of Wichita, and a son, Steve L. Stark, Walton; three daughters, Betty L. Roths, Wichita, Sharon S. Garcia, Shorewood, Minn., and Pamela F. Settle, Wichita; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
TURON - Virginia R. Grunder, 82, of Turon, died Oct. 1, 1999, in Hutchinson Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Larrison Mortuary in Pratt. The Rev. Jerre Nolte will officiate. Burial will be in Needlands Cemetery in Macksville.
Friends may call at Larrison Funeral Home in Turon until 8 tonight.
A memorial has been established with the Turon Senior Center. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Grunder was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Preston, to Oliver P. and Laura (Powell) Hoffman.
On Aug. 21, 1935, she married Nelson O. Grunder. He died March 3, 1966.
A homemaker, she was a member of Hoots and Toots, the Turon Senior Citizens' kitchen band.
Survivors include a son, Allen L. Grunder, Winfield; three sisters, Eileene Hoskinson, Buhler, Lorena Epley, Pratt, and Elsie Loop, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Two daughters, Elaine and Janice, preceded her in death.
Mary Lou Wright
ARKANSAS CITY - Mary Lou Wright, 72, of Arkansas City, formerly of Winfield, died Oct. 1, 1999, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandview United Methodist Church near Winfield. Burial will be in Wilmot Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Grandview United Methodist Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Arkansas City. Contributions may be made at either church or at Miles Funeral Service.
Wright was born May 25, 1927, in Wichita, to Fred William and Isla May (Carter) Sandstrum. She attended Polo rural school and graduated from Atlanta High School in 1945.
On July 28, 1945, she married Warren Wright in Arkansas City. They made their home on a farm near Douglass before moving to Atlanta in 1953. They moved to a farm near Winfield in 1963.
A homemaker while raising her children, Wright was office manager for the Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center from 1973 until retiring in 1989.
She was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church. In 1998 the Wrights moved to Arkansas City where she attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Warren Wright, Arkansas City; a son, Brad Wright, Columbia, Mo.; a daughter, H. Lynn Westgate, St. George; a brother, Fred Sandstrum, Lawrenceville, Ga.; a sister, Dorothy Lindsey, Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
ROSE HILL - Norman Wayne Hess, 71, owner of Hess Brothers Water Conditioning and Treatment, died Oct. 3, 1999, in Rose Hill.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Church in Andover. Pastor Delmar Brack will officiate.
Memorials have been established with Peace Lutheran Church, 420 Grace, Andover, KS 67002, and The Hospice House at Dry Creek, 1118 Oakwood Court, Derby, KS 67037. Contributions may be made through Hillside Funeral Home, 117 W. Sixth, Augusta, KS 67010-1253.
Hess was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Ponca City, to Albert and Golda (Connell) Hess. He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Velda (Brack) Hess, Rose Hill; a son, Michael Hess, Park City; a daughter, Sharon Rizo, El Dorado; and three grandchildren.
DERBY - Lucius Earl "Sonny" Hoyt, 70, of Derby, died Oct. 3, 1999, in Wichita.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Wayne Schmid will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Winfield.
A vigil service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established with the Disabled American Veterans.
Hoyt was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Winfield, to Earl C. and Luella Belle (Gordon) Hoyt.
On Sept. 25, 1948, he married Rose C. Gellen in New York.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked as an inspector at Boeing. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Hoyt, Derby; two sons, Michael Hoyt, Smolan, and Patrick Hoyt, Studio City, Calif.; two brothers, Charles Hoyt, Mesa, Ariz., and Fay Hoyt, Winfield; a sister, Alice Knollenberg, Claremore, Calif.; and two grandchildren.