Delores M. Timmons

Delores Maxine Lehmann was born on May 21,1929 to John and Emma (Von Frieling) Lehmann on the family farm near Gaylord, (Smith County) Kansas.  On June 16, 1929, she was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church rural Gaylord.  She was confirmed in Christian faith on April 2, 1944.  She passed into her Heavenly home on January 26, 2012 at the age of 82 years.

Delores attended grade school at District 30, four miles north of Gaylord and graduated High School in Gaylord with the Class of 1947.  She obtained her Business degree at Brown Mackie in Salina, Kansas and returned to Smith Center, where she began work at the Smith County State Bank until she was married.

She married Junior (Dude) Timmons on November 12, 1950 at Christ Lutheran Church.  This union was blessed with five children, Cynthia, Barbara, Bradley, John, and Glenn.

Delores was a homemaker, a profession in which she greatly excelled.  She enjoyed cooking for Dude and her family, loved to bake, and made many meals throughout her lifetime. She was always planning her next meal.  The family always had her homemade ice cream for special occasions and no one ever left the house without samples of her goodies to take home.  She was affectionately known by her grandchildren as Grandma “D”, even receiving a letter from a grandson in Kentucky addressed only to Grandma “D”, Smith Center, KS. She taught them how to do many things such as using a conventional ringer style washing machine and how to cut up a chicken. Grandma D kept the candy dish and cookie jar full, frozen malts in the freezer, and her grandsons supplied with hot dogs to use as bait for crawdad fishing.

She was an active member in the Lutheran Church and also enjoyed the clubs she belonged to such as: The Neighborhood Society, Garden Lore, Red Hat Club, Entre Nous’, and the Doll Club. Much laughter was shared during the many family reunions with the “cousins”.

Delores and Dude enjoyed square dancing with the Jolly Mixers and Happy Squares in their early years. She enjoyed countless hours of listening to and attending the Barons dances where Dude played the bass guitar.

She was preceded in death by Dude, her husband of fifty-three years, her parents, and her sister Laura Mae Overleese.

She is survived by daughters: Cynthia (Ed) Pixler of Nottingham, PA and Barbara (Larry) Wilson of Smith Center.  Sons: Bradley (Barbara) Timmons, John (Amy) Timmons and Glenn (Pamela) Timmons, all of Smith Center.  11 grandchildren: Matt and Clay Pixler, Tim Wilson and Trisha Myers, Matthew Allen and Sara Timmons, Tony Blickenstaff and Angela Hahn, Kacie, Holly and Charlie Timmons. 23 great grandchildren:  Ana and Marissa Pixler, Lincoln, Emma and Avery Pixler, Sierra, Jordan, Brant and Brady Wilson, Gracie, Rease, Jill and Claire Myers, Darien Blackwill, Alia, Alaina and Alec Allen, A.J., Mason and Ayden Blickenstaff, Coryn, Ashlyn and Haden Hahn.  She is also survived by brother, Leland (Vanora) Lehmann, of Smith Center, sister, Erma Seitz of Elwood, NE, brother-in-law Don (Barb) Overleese of Franklin, NE and sisters-in-law Coleen (Timmons) Maydew and Roma Timmons of Smith Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Monday January 30, 2012 at the American Lutheran Church with Jim Germer P.M.A. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, KS.

The family requests memorial contributions to the American Lutheran Church or Deseret Health and Rehab Center and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Ronald E. Wanner

SMITH CENTER-   Ronald E. Wanner was born to Ervin & Lenora Wanner on February 13, 1938 in Oxford, NE. At the age of two the family moved to a farm north of Thornburg. Ronnie attended Pleasant Hill School.  His school years ended at 8th grade to care for his parents. Ronnie and his brother Gary spent countless hours hunting and trapping which they really enjoyed working and playing beside each other. They also helped their parents raise large amounts of garden produce.

In 1956 at the age of 18 he joined the National Guard in which he served for six years with his lifelong friend Ed Reinking.  Within these years, he began working for Arden Dierdorff.  Working alongside Arden, Ronnie felt farming was his calling in life.

In 1959, he met Joan Shellito whom became his lifelong partner.  1960 Easter Sunday they joined in marriage at The First Christian Church, Phillipsburg, Kansas. Born to this union four children. Myron Leon, Lori Ann, Martin Keith, Lynne Maria.

Ronnie enjoyed family fishing parties, going hunting, helping with fair projects and attending grandchildren’s sporting events.  With his love for the land, Ronnie could always be found on a piece of farm equipment with his buddy seat occupied by one of his eleven grandchildren.

On January 22, 2012 Ronnie left behind his wife Joan, four children ten grandchildren and one great-grand child. Myron and wife Manda of Smith Center; two grandchildren Dusty & Johny , Lori and husband Glen Stahnke of Ottawa; two grandchildren Derek and Justina and one great-grandchild Jordan , Martin  (Marty) and wife Bonnie of Smith Center; three grandchildren Christopher, Nicholas and Garrett. Lynne and husband Jerrod Wagner of Smith Center; three grandchildren Wyatt, Gavin and Owen.

Preceded in death by his parents Ervin & Lenora, brother Gary, and nephew Dustin. Brother in-law Huston and wife Joanne Shellito. Brother in-law Don Shellito.

Visitation will be from 5 PM until 8 PM Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Thornburg Church and can be sent in care of the mortuary.




Penny Russell

SMITH CENTER-   Penny Russell, age 57, passed away January 10, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, KS.  She was born November 29, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Warren and JoAnn (McKean) DeGlopper.

Penny married Don Russell in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 19, 1973 and five years later they moved to Kansas.  They lived between Kansas and Nebraska for several years.  Don passed away in 1991.

Penny loved to quilt and read and really loved to play with her dogs.

Penny was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don and a brother Scott.

Penny is survived by her brother Warren DeGlopper and wife Lorraine of Blue Springs, NE;   a sister Gail Vasquez of Wymore, NE; many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Penny Russell memorial fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Donald E. Yenne

SMITH CENTER-   Donald E. Yenne, age 85, passed away Thursday January 5, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.  He was born July 19, 1926 in Rural Smith County to Archie and Katherine (Libby) Yenne.  He was a farmer.

Survivors include a son Mike Yenne of Nederland, CO;   daughter Donna Yenne of Woodburn, OR;   twin sisters Dorothy Carley and Delores Papin of Farmington, NM;   2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until service time Tuesday January 10, 2011 at the mortuary.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday January 10, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Becky Saddler officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Donald Yenne Memorial Fund to be designated later by the family and can be sent in care of the mortuary.


Dale M. Fuller

SMITH CENTER-   Dale M. Fuller, age 94, passed away Friday December 30, 2011 at the Smith County Long Term Care in Smith Center, KS.  He was born April 25, 1917 in Waynesville, MO to Iona Ana (Ervin) and Alfred Fuller.  He was a construction worker.

He was married to Polly Singleton and to this union two children were born.  Then in 1950 Dale married Darlene Snow and to this union four children were born, Steven, Darla, Kent and Debra.

Dale spent most of his working life working on the big water dams.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Howard, three sisters Della Zeigenbeen, Donna McKinnon and Ruby Chadwell.

Survivors include his wife Darlene of Cedar, KS;   daughters Phyllis Irvin of Hays, KS, Darla Brock (Robert) of Enfield, Conn., Debra Bennett (Cecil) of Blanchard, OK;   sons Steve (Maureen) of Greeley, CO and Kent (Lenise) of Smith Center, KS;   brother Clifford and sister Melba Null;   13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9AM-11AM Tuesday January 3, 2011 with the family present at the mortuary.

Graveside services will be at 2 PM at the Cedar Cemetery, Cedar, KS with Pastor Lyle Miller officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedar Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be given to the Dale Fuller Memorial Fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Darrell D. Atchison

KIRWIN, KS–   Darrell D Atchison was born August 18th, 1931 to Gill Cribbs Atchison and Hazel (Dell) Atchison.  He died Wednesday December, 28th at Smith Center Memorial Hospital at the age of 80.
He grew up in Kirwin, Kansas where his parents farmed.  He has a brother Gill Atchison whom resides in Phillipsburg, Kansas with wife Loretta and children Greg, Corrina, and Gill Edward (Eddie) and four grandchildren.
Darrell married Patricia McAfee together they shared a life in Kirwin and had a son Brook D Atchison.  Brook resides in the family home, with wife Marguirite (Mick) Atchison who has provided meals, care and ears to listen to the daily stories.   Brook has three children Miranda referred to by papa as the one with big eyes and always had a smile, Vince known as the good little boy who’s a hard worker but a quiet one and Brittany the “baby” the pretty one.  Brook uses his welding skills passed down from Darrell where they worked side by side throughout the years.  Brook is passing the trade to the third generation where Vince works sided by side daily. Brook expanded the original shop and began manufacturing round hay bale trailers.  Atchison welding has become known as Atchison Manufacturing.  Five years later they had Bridgette Kay (Atchison) Ward whom resides in Almena, Kansas, with husband Jason Ward and two children Ashley Kay Constable referred to by papa as your girl. She was the first and most spoiled by papa from dipping cookies in his coffee for breakfast to never doing any wrong.  And Drake Shearer the “good little buddy, he’s awful good to me” and step daughter Jaslyn Ward.  Bridgette has a mobile pet grooming and boarding business, where she does pet grooming in surrounding area by travelling door to door in a mobile unit bathing and grooming dogs and cats.

Darrell graduated from Kirwin High school. He chose to live a simple life in the small town which he’d grown up.  He had many trades from painting to grading roads for the county to farming but his greatest talent was being a welder.  He could fix things that were mangled up to, better than new in no time flat.  This is what he did but not what he was.  He was content with his life and felt no reason for more because he had all of the things that he needed at his side his family.  He worked hard and made the most out of the few moments he allowed himself away from the shop.  From taking a dip as he called it on the tubes in the lake, to churning homemade ice cream which he always insisted Brook would like even though he hated ice cream.  To the smaller things like holding his kids on his lap and tickeling their back with a chalk pencil, to wrestling on the floor, or an occasional game of monopoly.

The family vacation wasn’t a week at the Bahama’s but a trip to the Kansas State Fair, where we’d stuff bags full of free literature, pens and paper fans or to Darrell (Goodies).  To stuffing ourselves with greasy pronto pups and funnel cakes or his favorite pork on a stick…  then on to hours of looking at farm equipment and gazing at the craftsmanship of each item.  When little legs were too weak to walk he’d toss her on his shoulders and walk on.  When we’d pass the rootbeer stand he’d always stop and get a cold one to my knowledge he didn’t even like rootbeer but it was .25 a cup and it was ice cold… Then on to the farm bureau where we’d watch a few minutes of free entertainment then back to looking for more goodies.    Now to most the Bahamas would seem like a great escape but to us the state fair was the best of memories anyone could ask for.    We didn’t have everything but he always made sure we didn’t do without anything.

Darrell’s greatest strengths were making people laugh by his funny stories, not being afraid of hard work, not letting his famliy do without and always managing to find the money needed.  His greatest weaknesses was loving too much and not being able to see what his greatest strengths were.  He was a strong man with strong pride who fought everyday to live another day….

May he rest in peace with his parents and wife until the rest of the family is with him….

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM on Monday January 2, 2012 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center, KS with Pastor Becky Davidson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Kirwin Cemetery in Kirwin, KS.

Visitation will be held 5PM – 8PM Sunday at the mortuary.

The family requests memorials be made in his name to be given to local Kirwin organizations and can be sent in care of the mortuary.



Ruth Lee

SMITH CENTER – Ruth Viola Lee, youngest child of W. S. and Lura Swank Lee, was born June 23, 1915 at the family home southwest of Harlan and passed to a better world on December 20, 2011. She had three brothers, Bill, Frank, Robert, and her sister, Katie.

Ruth attended a rural one-room school and graduated from Harlan High School in 1933. She then taught ten years in rural schools. Later she obtained a position as a clerk typist with the State of Kansas in Topeka.

When her father became seriously ill, she gave up her job in Topeka and came home to Smith Center to help take care of him. After his death in 1951, she stayed be a companion to her mother and cared for her the rest of her life.

Ruth was employed by Matson Grocery Store and was taught business bookkeeping by Wilbur Matson. She later attended Brown and Mackie School of Business in Salina to become more proficient, and bookkeeping became her career. She was the bookkeeper for Atwood Implement and later for Center Equipment until retirement.

Ruth loved gardening.  After she bought her own home on South Logan Street, she filled the landscape with flowers. She enjoyed the flowers she grew and shared them with family and friends.

Ruth became a member of the Harlan United Brethren Church at a very young age and participated in church activities when she was younger. She gained a solid faith that she made evident to friends and family.  In her later years, she continued to attend the Harlan Church when she was able.

Ruth enjoyed her family and was very close to her siblings. She was a favorite aunt to her niece and nephews, and made each and every one feel special.  Her niece and nephews recall many happy family gatherings. She was a helper for her family members and friends at times of sickness and called on them regularly. Her motto was to do one good thing every day.

Ruth was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill, Frank, Robert, and her sister, Katie, and her nephews , Jerry Lee and Garen Lee.  She will be missed by her niece, Jana and Joe Jones and family,Shawnee, KS; and nephews, Lyn and Janis Lee and family, Kensington, KS;  Ray and Linda Lee, and family, Olathe, KS; and Richard and Janet Lee and family, Riverside, CA; and Alice Ann Lee, Smith Center, KS.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday December 27, 2011 at Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Jim Karg officiating.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 27, 2011 from noon until service time at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

Burial will follow in the Gaylord Cemetery in Gaylord, KS.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Harlan Church or the Gaylord Statue of Liberty fund and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

Loren E. Schultz

SMITH CENTER – Loren Schultz, age 76, passed away on Sunday December 18, 2011 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, KS.

Survivors include his wife Kay of the home; son, Randy of Smith Center; 2 daughters, Sheryl (Duane) Macklin of Smith Center, Lori Schultz of Smith Center, KS; 1 brother, Garry Schultz of Council Bluffs, IA; 3 sisters, Melva Mcguin of Beloit, KS, Nila Smith of Salina, KS, Donna Conrad of Smith Center, KS; 2 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday December 20, 2011 at the Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Matt Lucas officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10AM until service time at the church.

Burial will follow in the Fairview cemetery in Smith Center.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made in his name and may be sent in care of the mortuary.



Bill J. Woods

Billy Junior Woods was born to J. W. and Netta (Sterba) Woods at their home in Smith Center on March 28, 1926. Dr. Victor Watts assisted in the birth. Bill was the oldest of 8 children.

Bill attended elementary school at Hummer Grade School south of Smith Center. He attended high school at Harlan, Kansas. Soon after graduating he enlisted in the Army and served two tours of duty during World War II in Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving in the 75th Infantry Division. Bill joined the Army in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1948 as a Staff Sergeant. Bill is a lifetime member of the local V.F.W.

September 4, 1948 Bill married Ardis Kaup at the First United Methodist Church in Smith Center. They moved to Ft. Riley Kansas and then to Fort Carson Colorado before settling down on a farm south of Smith Center. To this union five children were born: Dianna, Dennis, William, Debra and Roy. Bill was baptized in the First Christian Church in 1970 and served as a Deacon and helped with homebound communion. Bill had been a custom harvester, worked for Anderson Farms, International Harvester and various other jobs before he retired and then did lawn work around Smith Center and Smith County.

Bill was preceded in death by his son Dennis in 1970; his parents J. W. and Netta Woods; brothers Bob, Edgar, Harry Woods; in-laws Roy & Mabel Kaup; brothers-in-law Raymond and wife Jeri Kaup; Bob Kaup; sister-in-law Roberta and husband Ted Wilson.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ardis; daughter Dianna (James) Grauerholz of Valley Center, Kansas; William (Le’Ann) Woods of Wichita, Kansas; Debra (Bryan) Tillett of Smith Center, Kansas; Roy (Michele) Woods of McPherson, Kansas. Grandchildren, Bob (Jeanne) Jason, Chad, Kyle, Sean and Tyler Grauerholz; Julie (Tony) Laura, Sarah, Nathan Schaar; Michael Grauerholz; Erica Woods, Austin Woods; Jessica (Brandon), Chayston Berry; Sara (Tyler), Brennan Darnell; Mallory Tillett; Richele Nicole Woods. Survivors also include his brothers Paul (Ava) Woods of Florida; Frank (Chloe) of South Carolina; sisters Rachel (Otto) Rohla of Colby, Kansas; Margaret (Jim) Dykens of Norton, Kansas; sisters-in-law Ann Woods of Oregon; Gladys Woods of Smith Center; Ruby Woods of Florida; and Virgina Kaup of Phillipsburg, Kansas. He has a great grand-daughter due in December and a great grandson due in March.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM on Wednesday December 21, 2011 at the First Christian Church with Pastor Linda Kemp officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 Tuesday at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary and Wednesday from 10AM until service time at the church.

Burial will be near his son, Dennis, in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center, Kansas.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to Hospice Services of Smith County or First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

James L. Gwennap

SMITH CENTER-   James L. Gwennap, age 89, passed away Sunday December 11, 2011 at the Smith County Long Term Care in Smith Center, KS.  He was born April 16, 1922 in Smith County to Floyd Alfred and Mary Ellen (Lewis) Gwennap.  He was a farmer and mail carrier.

Preceded in death by his parents, wife Elisabeth, sisters Mildred and Fern, brother Dale and grandson Chris Parker.

Survivors include sons James P (Mary) of Smith Center, KS;   Eugene (Peggy) of Springfield, MO;   Gale of Bennington, KS; daughters Margaret (Wayne) Parker of Westmoreland, KS and Martha (Tim) Rhoades of Alvo, NE;   brothers Kenneth of Council Bluffs, IA and John of Omaha, NE;   11 grandchildren;   9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5PM until 8 PM Wednesday December 14, 2011 at the mortuary with the family present from 6PM until 8 PM.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 AM Thursday December 15, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating.

Inurnment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center.

Memorial contributions may be given to the James L. and Elisabeth Gwennap Scholarship or Smith County Long Term Care and can be sent in care of the mortuary.