Jessie M. McKittrick
Jessie M. McKittrick, 91, of Highland, previously of Troy, passed away on May 12, 2018. She was born November 1, 1926 in Bendena to John and Ella Roderick McKittrick. She attended Bendena schools. Jessie was a telephone operator in Bendena and Troy and had also worked at her brother’s restaurant, John’s Bakery in Troy.
She was a member of the Troy Christian Church.
Survivors include a nephew, Dennis McKittrick, his wife, Freda and their family of Troy; a niece, Lori Franken, her husband, Steve and their family of Topeka; and a sister-in-law, Carol McKittrick of Topeka. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, John (Evelyn) and Richard.
Funeral services will be at Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy on Wednesday, May 16 at 11 AM. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Troy. Jessie will lie in state at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 15 after 12 noon with family receiving friends and relatives from 10 to 11 AM the day of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Troy Ambulance Service, or Freedom Hospice, Hiawatha. KS.
David C. Winters
David C. Winters, 78, of Highland formerly of Hiawatha, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday May 13, 2018 at the Highland Care Center.
David was born March 13, 1940 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of Charles and Viola Griep Winters. David graduated from Ft. Dodge High School and then joined the Navy where he learned to be a machinist, discharged at the rank of E3, after serving nearly 4 years, during the Vietnam War.
David married Viola Bass on January 21, 1972, in Pocahontas, Iowa. Their family moved to Hiawatha where they made their home for 20 years.
David was a machinist for Flair Fold wood fabrication plant in Hiawatha till they closed at which time he went to work as a security guard for the Golden Eagle Casino retiring at the age of 66.
David is survived by his wife Viola; three sons Charles (Michele) of Colorado Spring, Colorado, John (Krista) of PawPaw, Michigan, and Mike (Amanda) of Pueblo, Colorado.
He has six grandchildren; David, Brett, Anthony, Chris, Dillion, and Ivan; and a great grandson; Noah.
A visitation is planned for Thursday May 17, 2018 from 11-1 at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. Following the visitation David will be cremated.
Memorials are suggested in his name and may be sent in care of the funeral home 124 S 7th Hiawatha, Kansas 66434.
Melba Lovelady Weis Wenger
Melba M. Weis Wenger, 98, of Highland, passed away May 12, 2018 at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha.
She was born January 3, 1920 one of nine children to William Jesse and Della Mae (Hensley) Lovelady in White Cloud, Kansas. She grew up around White Cloud and attended Cedar Creek School.
She married John Henry Weis on February 14, 1941 at Savannah, Missouri. He passed away December 4, 1989. She later married Bud Spence of Horton who also preceded her in death. Later she married Ivan Wenger of Powhattan he also preceded her in death.
Melba worked as a CNA for a time at the Hiawatha Community Hospital.
She enjoyed her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Highland United Methodist-Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law Laverte Weis ”Bert”; also surviving is a sister-in-law Jean Matthias; grandchildren: Kevin( Cathy) Weis, Edward Weis, Melody( Brad) Fields, Brian( Lisa) Davis, Mary( Mike) Nuzum and John( Kaitlin) Weis; Thirteen great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Melba was preceded in death by her parents, a son Gary Wayne and a daughter Donna Lee Weis, her brothers Alvin, Loren, William, Eugene and Ernest:, her sisters Naomi, Mae, and Claribel “Dot” and a great-granddaughter Alexis Weis.
.A private family graveside will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Highland Ambulance and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home P.O. Box 33 Highland, Kansas 66035.
Esther Marie (Bauer) Koerperich, 77, of Hiawatha, Kansas passed away Monday, May14th, 2018, at Maple Heights Nursing Home.
She was born July 1st, 1940 in Dawson, Nebraska to Roy and Stella (Krenzel) Bauer. Esther attended rural Hiawatha schools and graduated Hiawatha High School in 1958. After school she worked at the 5 and Dime, Chief Theater and the Egg Plant before going to work as an operator for the United Telephone Company and holding several positions for 20 years. She worked at the Brown County Appraisers Office and became the county Appraiser. Esther then started daycare in which the children she babysat became more like extended grandkids. She loved everyone of them dearly. After numerous years Esther became a teller at the Golden Eagle Casino where she retired. Esther was also an Avon Lady for the last 24 years. She loved the time getting out seeing customers and friends.
Esther was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was devout in her faith. Esther enjoyed being a wife to her one true love, Virgil. Together they led their family by example. They enjoyed motorcycling, camping, boating, and fishing trips. They were members of The Traveling Teepees. Esther enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, and aunt. She could usually be found in the stands or in her chair at her grandkid’s ballgames. She liked Cardinals baseball and KU basketball and would often call to remind others that a game was about to start on television. Esther enjoyed time with her siblings playing cards and always looked forward to the 4th of July family reunion.
Esther married Virgil Koerperich July 7, 1967. Virgil preceded her in death in 1993. Also preceding her in death are her parents; brothers Donald and John Bauer.
She is survived by her children, Kim (Debbie) Koerperich of Skiatook, OK, Kenneth Koerperich, Michael (Kyndl) Koerperich and Jodi Lee all of Hiawatha, KS. Grandchildren: Suzanne, Kristopher, Ann, Joshua, Krista, Delaney, Alisha, August, Marissa, Myriah, Lottie and a grandson due in August. Great Grandchildren: Alexander, Ella, Katherine, Sylvie, Eloise. Brothers: Harold “PeeWee” (Carol), Darrell (Sara), Harlan, and Arlan (Debbie); sister Darlene Covert ;and and Sister-in-laws Lamonia and Leona Bauer and Norma Jane Koeperich, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
A Celebration of Esther’s life is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at the Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mike Dunaway officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Corning.
Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha after 10 a.m. Sunday, where the family will meet friends from 6 until 8 that evening.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missy Newell Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.
Dorothy A. Wing
Dorothy A. Wing, 84, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Eskridge Nursing Home.
She was born January 20, 1934 in the Garfield Township near Holton, the daughter of Everett and Clella Plantz Wing. They preceded her in death.
Dorothy had worked for the State of Kansas for five years before being involved in an accident which left her permanently disabled. She had been a long time resident of the nursing home in Eskridge.
Survivors include two sisters, Loretta Montcalm, Winter Haven, Florida and Carol Hiner, Holton, and one half sister, Evelyn Turley, Harrison Arkansas.
Cremation is planned. Private inurnment will be in the Holton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436.
Marcia Jeanine Schultz
Marcia Jeanine Schultz 66, of Stewartsville, Missouri passed away Tuesday May 15, 2018 at her home. She was born July 17, 1951 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, daughter of the late Luella & John Abarr. She graduated from Central High School, and attended Platte Gard Business college. She worked at State Hospital as a Administrator for a number of years. She enjoyed volunteer work, and was a member of the Silver & Gold Club. Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Schultz, parents, brother, Bill Abarr, and sister, Nancy Abarr. She is survived by step daughter, Anna Rose (Tom) Mumm, Lees Summit, MO, step grandson, David, brothers, Sam (Sue) Abarr, and Jackson Abarr both of St. Joseph, MO, sisters, Judy Jones, Stewartsville, MO., and Connie McCrary St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the 1st Baptist Church, Wathena, KS, with Memorial Services following Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the 1st Baptist Church, Wathena, KS. She will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the God’s Mountain Youth Camp. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com
George Edgar Huyett Jr.
George Edgar Huyett Jr. 69, of St. Joseph passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Mosaic Life Care. He was born January 14, 1949 in St. Joseph, son of Elizabeth & George Huyett Sr. He graduated from Benton High School class of 1968. He was a member of Riverside Church, and he was active in leading ministries in area nursing facilities and prisons. George also enjoyed sports, especially football and basketball.
George was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by sons, George Huyett III and Andrew (Holly) Huyett, sister, Carol Anne Kelley, daughter, Valerie Heckman, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.
Mr. Huyett has been cremated under the care of Rupp Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Riverside Church.
Memorials are requested to the Riverside Church.
James Roy Vaughn
James Roy Vaughn 58, of Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at his home. He was born November 18, 1959 in Bethany, Missouri. He worked in the construction industry. James was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Wagers, father, John L Vaughn. He is survived by a niece, Julian (Charlie) McCartney, and their children, Trevor, Caleb, & Brody McCartney. Mr. Vaughn will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home.
Paula Carol (McKay) Whitacre
Paula Carol (McKay) Whitacre, 77, of Highland, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, in St. Joseph, MO.
Paula was born on March 1, 1941, in Troy, Kansas. She attended Highland schools, graduating from Highland High School in 1959. She became a licensed beauty operator before attending college. After graduating from Emporia State Teachers College, she taught elementary and junior high school for 39 ½ years, all but two years in the Highland USD 425 school district. She retired in 2004.
Paula was an active member of the Highland Christian Church. She married William (Bill) Whitacre on March 22, 1964, in Highland. He preceded her in death in 1989. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Jacob and Leona (Smith) McKay, and brothers, Michael McKay and Phillip (Bud) McKay.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Larson, Salina, Kansas, and Deborah (Dale) Lukert, Clearwater, Kansas; three brothers, Jacob (Ida Lee) McKay, Lansing, KS, David (Carolyn) McKay, Woodstock, GA, and Timothy (Marcia) McKay, Shawnee Mission, KS; five grandchildren, Jordan (Kelcee) Lukert, Brett (Madison) Lukert, Tara Lukert, Melissa Larson, Brendan Larson, and one great-grandchild, Cullen Lukert.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10:30 a.m., at the Highland Christian Church, with Pastors Tom Carter and Terry Carlson officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home 10 a.m. Monday where visitation with family and friends is scheduled for Monday, May 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Highland Christian Church, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33., Highland, Kansas 66035.
Juanita Carol Eckert
Juanita Carol Eckert, 76, of Effingham, KS passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Hickory Pointe Nursing Home, Oskaloosa, KS surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Fr. Benjamin Tremmel, OSB as Celebrant. Private family burial of cremated remains will be at a later date. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 9:00 AM Thursday, May 24, 2018 with a visitation following with the family until 11:00 AM at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Ann’s Catholic Church or Effingham 4-H or Alzheimer’s Association and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton and O’Trimble Funeral Home who is handling the arrangements. Words of comfort for the family may be left at www.beckerdyer.com.
Carol was born December 25, 1941 in Horton, KS the daughter of William Clay and Elizabeth Pearl (Moore) Hundley. She was a homemaker but in her later years worked as a Para and librarian for Atchison County Community High School. Carol also worked as a hairdresser for the O’Trimble Funeral Home. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and served on the Altar Society. Carol was a member of the Busy Bee Club and was very involved with 4-H during and after her sons were active. Her involvement included judging at the local and state county fairs.
Carol married Russell Eckert on July 29, 1961 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, he survives of the home. Additional survivors include their sons; Brett and Jacki Eckert, Hutchinson, KS, Todd and Janet Eckert, Effingham, KS, Chad and Danielle Eckert, Spring Hill, KS, Kurt Eckert, Overland Park, KS, Russ Eckert, Park City, KS, brothers; Bill Hundley, Lawrence, KS, Sam Hundley, Rogersville, AR, Jerry Hundley, Lawrence, KS, Larry Hundley, Liberty, MO, sisters; Mildred Horlachler, Colby, KS, Shirley Nyhart, Leavenworth, KS, grandchildren; Clay, Russell, Rick, Cooper, Keegan, Christian, Kody, Nathan, Madison, Conner, Lexie Eckert.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Jim Hundley.
Mark Alan Hoffman
Mark Alan Hoffman, 57, of Nortonville, KS died Monday, May 21, 2018 at his home in Nortonville, KS.
Private family graveside services will be at a later date at the Nortonville Cemetery. The O’Trimble Chapel, Nortonville is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested for Huntington’s Disease Research and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Mark was born on December 5, 1960 in Topeka, KS the son of Jack & Beverly (Bomhoff) Hoffman. He graduated from Jefferson County North High School in 1979. He attended college in Coffeyville, and then graduated from Colorado Aviation Technology School. Mark worked as an aviation mechanic for Vance Airfield, Enid, OK, Beechcraft, Wichita, KS, and Billard Airfield, Topeka, KS. He later worked for USD 341, in Oskaloosa, KS as the Transportation supervisor. Mark was a former member of the Lions Club, Nortonville and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycles.
Survivors include two sons, Blake (Chelsey) Hoffman, Nortonville, KS and grandson Kaden, Brian (Kirsten) Weishaar, Lawrence, KS, and granddaughters, Kamryn & Lennon, a daughter, Gina(Johnny) Durkes, McLouth, KS and grandsons, Brayden and Landen, two brothers, Phil (Sherri) Hoffman, Nortonville, KS, and Marty (Liz) Hoffman, Winchester, KS. His parents and sister, Dawn Hoffman preceded him in death.