LEBANON- Dorrie Detra (Emery) Dunkenson-Fisher, age 46, passed away Monday May 23, 2011 at her home in Lebanon. She was born July 3, 1964 in Concord, NH to Clayton and Valerie (Bumford) Emery.
Survivors include a son Matthew Guay (Katie) of Hillsboro, NH; her companion Brian Spear of Lebanon, KS; her father Clayton Emery of Deering, NH; a brother Randy Emery (Phyllis) of Deering, NH; a sister Becky Lothrop (Andy) of Milton, VT and one granddaughter.
A private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be given in her name and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
Richard Kent Shockley, 65, farmer and rancher, passed away April 29, 2011 in Smith Center, KS. He was born March 26, 1946 in rural Smith County to the late Thomas Everett and Erma Matilda (Tuxhorn) Shockley.
Born and raised on the family farm, he attended grade school at Thornburg in a one room school house and graduated from High School in Smith Center. After graduating, he joined the National Guard in Smith County. While stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, he met his lifetime love and married Dorothy Brazzell. After they married he continued to ranch and farm until his death. He and Dorothy had three sons while making their life on the farm. He was very involved in the boys’ sports and activities which included baseball, football, wrestling and track. He helped start the Smith County Wrestling Club in 1978. He also continued to be active with his grandkids sports and activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Harold (Eileen) and Kenneth (Grace), and a sister Elaine Bortz.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy and sons; Michael Kent, Shawn Anthony (Stephanie) and Chad Everett (Dodie), grandchildren; Michael, Veronica, Richard, Sara Sterling, Rayne Jewett, Tyler Jewett, Anthony, Jaque, Caleb, Zachary, Mariah and Dayton, great grandchildren, Alexis, Kaejin and Collin, a sister Ruby Ruff (Sonnie), brother Marvin, nieces, nephews and many friends. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday May 3, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating.
Private family inurnment will be at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to the Smith County Wrestling Club and can be sent in care of the funeral home.
He was baptized December 7, 1924 by Rev. H. Mueller and confirmed April 10, 1938 by Rev. A.C. Fleishman at the St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, KS, where he remained an active member until his death.
LaVern attended the Sunny Side Grade School and Athol High School, graduating in 1942.
On August 22, 1948, LaVern was united in marriage to Blondina Beckmann at the St. John Lutheran church by Rev. George Dirks. They were married for 62 years and to this union they were blessed with 4 children, Sandra, Jerrel, Mark and Kent.
LaVern enjoyed farming and watching the crops grow. He had a great love of the land and had pride in his Chevy pick ups and John Deere tractors. In later years he enjoyed coffee at the COOP and sitting by the stove in Marks shop.
He faithfully attended worship at St. John Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School, was a deacon, Council Treasurer and sung in the Church choir for a number of years.
LaVern was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Kent, his brother Bernard and brother-in-laws Roland Pohlmann, Fred Beckmann, Emil Frieling and Eugene Kirchoff and sister-in-laws Hulda Kirchoff and Rena Frieling.
Survivors include his wife Blondina, daughter Sandra and husband Mick Fowler of Grand Island, NE, son Jerrel and wife Carol of St. Peters, MO, and son Mark of Athol; grandchildren, Grant and Mariette Benker of Omaha, NE, Joshua Benker of Denver, CO and Braden Kuhlmann of Lufkin, TX; great grandchildren, Katelynn (who he always had a tootsie roll for), and Gage Benker; sister Vanora and husband Leland Lehmann and sister-in-laws Alvina Kuhlmann and Edna Pohlmann of Smith Center and Loretta Beckmann of Gaylord.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday April 9, 2011 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Athol, KS with Jim Germer PMA officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 PM until 8 PM Friday April 8, 2011 at the Mortuary.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to The St. John Lutheran Church and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
SMITH CENTER- Wayne Roush, age 85, passed away Tuesday March 29, 2011 at the Smith County Long Term Care in Smith Center, KS. He was born December 15, 1925 in Lebanon, KS to James and Marvel (Mace) Roush. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his brother Arden (Liz) of Nevada, MO and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Lance McDowell officiating.
Burial will follow in the Price Cemetery, Rural Lebanon, KS.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Friday April 1, 2011 at the Mortuary.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to Hospice Services of Smith County and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
SMITH CENTER- Roger K. Kelley, age 66, passed away Friday March 25, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. He was born April 19, 1944 in Smith Center, KS to Jack and Elaine (Rorabaugh) Kelley. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his wife Connie of the home; daughter Selena Kelley of Denver, CO; sons Darren (Joyce) and David all of Smith Center, KS; sisters Carolyn (Bill) Hawes of Smith Center, KS and Linda Carnes of Crete, NE; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Monday March 28, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Matt Lucas officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, KS.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Sunday March 27, 2011 at the Mortuary.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to USD 237 Athletics and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
GORHAM – Alverta R. Bosch, 95, died on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Smith County Care Center, Smith Center, KS.
Alverta was born near Galatia, Kansas, on June 28,1915 to Sam and Martha (Brack) Moore. She was married to William E. Bosch on June 30, 1933 at Smith Center, KS.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1979; her parents and two brothers, Sammy and Jim Moore.
She was a farm wife living her entire married life on the farm 8 miles south of Gorham. In 1983 she moved to Gorham where she was active in the senior group, a volunteer for Hospice, Kansas Guardianship Program, and FCE. She was a charter member of the Gorham Community Church, Prairie Mates Family and Community Education Unit at Milberger, and had previously been active in Farm Bureau Women in Kansas.
Survivors include one daughter, Louise and husband, Marvin, Greenberg of Smith Center; one son, Ray and wife, Sheila, of Gorham; three grandchildren: Renae, and husband, Tom Lumpkins of Holyrood, Ryan and wife, Jill of Olathe, and Randi Jo and husband Luke Dumler of Fostoria, KS; 7 great grandchildren: Faith Brungardt, Colton, Grace and Hope Lumpkins, Kate and Claire Bosch and Lydia Dumler; a niece whom she helped raise, Lola Faye Nuss of Russell, a sister Florence Williams of Muenster, Texas; two sisters in law, Jeanie Moore and Betty Moore both of Henderson, Nevada, as well as nieces and nephews, many relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 11 a.m. at Gorham Community Church in Gorham, KS, with Kerry Hookstra officiating.
Her body was donated to Kansas University Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gorham Community Church and sent in care of the mortuary.
SMITH CENTER - Leona Marguerite Becker, age 89, passed away Tuesday March 22, 2011 at the Smith County Care Center in Smith Center, KS. She was born May 28, 1921 in Gaylord, KS to Francis and Anna (Mohsmann) Everett. She worked in photo finishing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 4 brothers.
Survivors include sister-in-laws Dorothy Everett of Kansas City, KS and Fleta Everett of Gaylord, KS and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Linda Kemp officiating.
Burial will follow in the Gaylord Cemetery, Gaylord, KS.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to the Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department and can be sent in care of the Mortuary.
When Don was ready for 1st grade the family moved into Gaylord in 1929. Don went through grade school and two years of high school there. He had many school friends he hated to leave when the family moved to granddad McCullough’s farm 7 miles south of Lebanon, KS. Don finished his high school days at Lebanon High School graduating in 1941.
Don then started farming with his father. He enlisted in the merchant marines during World War II and served in the Pacific theater. After the war he returned home and soon started dating Mary Margaret Upp, a girl he knew in high school. They were married on June 6, 1946.
They both worked in Smith Center until March of 1947 when they moved to a farm northwest of Lebanon where they lived for 40 years. Don and Margaret spent many happy days on the farm with their children and grandchildren. They retired in 1987 and moved to Smith Center. Don was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran Church north of Gaylord and later confirmed by Rev. Otto Zielinger.
After Don & Margaret moved to the farm they joined the Christian church in Lebanon and were baptized as adults. They served the church faithfully. Don served on the church board in various positions as well as teaching Sunday school. He also served on the Lebanon school board for many years. Don & Margaret attended the Nazarene church in Smith Center.
Don loved to be with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ruby and August and his brother and sister-in-law Dean and Margaret Jane.
Survivors include his wife Margaret of the home; son Steve of Salina, KS; 2 daughters, Jean Underwood and husband Beryl of Dodge City, KS, Janet Mathes and husband Steve of Norton, KS; grandchildren, Mike Turner and wife Julie of Owasso, OK, Matt Turner of Dodge City, KS, Nathan Mathes of Phillipsburg, KS, Amanda Bockes and husband J.P. of Lees Summit, MO; Great-Grandchildren, Lauren, Katie, David, Daniel & Matthew Turner and Paige, Kolby & Kaleb Bockes.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday March 24, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Laura Fricker officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, KS.
Visitation will be held from noon until 8:00pm on Wednesday at the mortuary.
The family has requested memorials be given to Hospice Services of Smith County and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
Jay Dee Bowman was born June 20, 1941, in Smith Center, Kansas, the first child to Vernon Victor and Eldora Marie (Freburg) Bowman. As a child he attended the Cora school three miles from the family farm. Around the age of ten he helped name the Busy Bears 4-H club and became a charter member of the group. Encouraged by Jack Ayres, Jay focused his involvement on livestock, mostly Black Angus cow/calf showing, a skill that would shadow him the remainder of his lifetime as his own children entered 4-H and as he began his own cow/calf operation in 1977 that he worked until just this year.
As an eighth grade Cora graduate and American Legion Scholar, Jay entered Smith Center High School where he made a name for himself on the football field, basketball court and track and through his three years of involvement in the Redmen Letterman Club. During the summers Jay continued his love of athletics, focusing his talents on baseball. Though he graduated a member of the class of 1959, his love for and pride in Smith Center athletics continued. Like many, he looked forward to fall Friday nights and keeping track of scores and results no matter the season. And, though Jay was routinely tied down to his ranch operation, each May he openly anticipated the all school Alumni Banquet and getting to reunite with his school mates.
Jay also took pride in being an Army veteran and lifelong member of the VFW. His three-year service included a year overseas in Vietnam laying lines of communication as part of the Signal Corps. Once home, his military experience lead him to a career with Southwestern Bell Telephone lasting thirty-two years and ending with his retirement in 1992.
Forty-five years ago, on a blind date arranged by L.C. Kramer, Jay met Connie Marie McGuire. Considered a “confirmed bachelor” Jay surprised his friends when three months later he and Connie became engaged. Six months after their first date, on September 11, 1966, the two were married in a ceremony at the Methodist Church in Hays, Kansas.
The young couple moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where their first-born son, Steven Todd, was born in 1968. Wishing to raise their child away from the city and politically charged atmosphere of the college campus, Jay and Connie moved to Colby shortly after. In 1971 their family became complete with the birth of their second son, Kurtis Tate. Even though Jay had moved away from Lawrence to raise his young family, his interest in and support of KU’s sports programs continued strong, rivaled only by his Colby Eagle pride as his sons became involved in various activities.
The phone company kept Jay working at all hours, yet he still found time to support his sons in their endeavors and attend their many events. He was a 4-H parent, guiding his boys in events mirroring his own childhood experiences, even when these proved to be more exciting and dangerous than planned. Jay also volunteered for ten years as a little league baseball coach for both Steve and Kurt’s teams. It was during these times that Jay influenced many young men, acting as a role model and father figure, and later on, as a friend.
Following his retirement in 1992, daily life remained busy for Jay as he and Connie moved back to his childhood home in rural Smith County. Beyond the work involved with running his cattle operation, Jay also served on the Cora Township Board. There he took a special interest in the restoration and upkeep of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. He spent hours trimming trees, filling in graves, resetting gravestones, and assisting in the acquisition of a new directory and benches. He attended Thornburg Church where he volunteered his time and labor to various church functions, especially the annual Lord’s Acre benefit. He also continued his allegiance to the telephone company through his membership of the Telephone Pioneers.
Throughout his life Jay was a data-driven man. He reveled in numbers and trivia, always wondering, always asking, always learning. He would share interesting tidbits he discovered with those close to him, kept meticulous records, and was a notorious list maker.
Jay Dee Bowman died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home in rural Smith County of complications associated with cancer almost three years after being diagnosed.
Survivors include his wife Connie; sons Steven (Connie) of Whitewater, KS, and Kurtis (Jessica) of Hillsboro, KS; sister Vae Jene (Don) Herron of Lawrence, KS; sister-in-law Robyn Bowman of Windom, KS; brother-in-law Chuck McGuire of Springfield, MO; a granddaughter Cora Bowman of Overland Park, KS; nieces and nephews Michelle (Michael) Levy, Ty (Vickie) Herron, Ashley Bowman, Shane Bowman, and Sarah McGuire; two step nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Eldora (Freburg) Bowman, and his brother, Lee Ron Bowman.
Visitation will be from 5 PM until 8 PM Friday March 11, 2011 at the Mortuary. The casket will remain closed.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating.
Burial will follow in the Cora Cedar Hill Cemetery with Military Honors by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
The family requests memorial contributions be given to the Jay D. Bowman Memorial or Donors Choice and can be sent in care of the Mortuary.
SMITH CENTER- Velda M. Schenk, 85, passed away February 10, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. She was born December 16, 1925 in Rural Smith County to Newell and Mildred (Baker) Lambert. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a daughter Lynita Harlow (Fred) of Cheyenne, WY; sons Jerald (Jonell) of Shawnee, KS, Randy (Sheila) of Smith Center, KS and Kevin (Cheryl) of Canoñ City, CO; sister Elsie (Marvin) Kugler of Smith Center, KS; brothers Dwayne (Melberta) Lambert of Smith Center, KS, Joe (Beverley) of Smith Center, KS, Dale (Norma) Lambert of Wichita, KS; brother-in-law Dean Schenk of Kearney, NE; sister-in-law Marie Puckett of Franklin, NE; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband Lynn, sister Sharon and sister-in-law Kay Lambert.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday February 12, 2011 at the Thornburg Church with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, KS.
Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday February 11, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.
Family requests memorial contributions be given to Thornburg Church and can be sent in care of the Mortuary.