Donald Bradish

Donald Lee Bradish, 59, passed away July 25, 2011 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center,KS.  He was born December 29, 1951 in Oroville, California to Howard and Kathryn (Woolley) Bradish.  He was a long haul trucker.

Survivors include his wife Stephanie of Athol, KS;   a daughter Manda Helmecy (David);  his father Franklin;   granddaughters Emerald Helmecy, Kayla Dunlap and Deanna Dunlap;   grandson Kyle Helmecy;   sisters Loretta and Frieda and brothers Robert and Jess.

Burial was at the Meyer Pleasant View Cemetery, Athol, KS Pastor Becky Saddler officiating.

The family requests memorial contributions be given in his name and can be sent in care of the funeral home.

Joan “Jo” Relihan

SMITH CENTER, KS – Joan “Jo” Relihan, age 85, passed away on Sunday June 26, 2011 at her home.  She was a homemaker and avid artist.   She was born the daughter of Rankin and Edith (Edwards) Hendrickson on October 25, 1925 in Kansas City, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Terry; 2 sons, John and James; daughter in law, Linda Relihan; grandson, Cale Relihan; and one sister.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Cathy Relihan of Denver, CO and Nancy Relihan of Denver, CO; 2 sons, David Relihan of Topeka, KS and Dayne Relihan and wife Clare of Erie, CO; 3 grandchildren, Lauren Relihan, Spencer Relihan and Erin Relihan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM on Friday July 1, 2011 at the Central Community Church in Smith Center, KS with Pastor Todd Bradrick officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Smith Center.

Visitation will be held from 5PM until 8PM Thursday June 30, at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Services of Smith County or the Alzheimer’s Association-Topeka Chapter and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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Kenneth H. Herman

SMITH CENTER, KS – Kenneth Harold Herman, age 83, passed away on Thursday June 23, 2011 at the Smith County Care Center in Smith Center.  Ken battled with Multiple Myeloma since January 2009. 

Kenneth was born in Omaha, NE, January 7, 1928 to Lawrence E. Herman and Irene Nielsen Herman.  Ken completed grade school and 2 years of high school in Omaha, he completed high school equivalency in the military.

Ken entered the Air Force April 12, 1946 and was an airplane mechanic; he served during the Berlin Airlift.  He was honorably discharged December 10, 1952.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

The Herman family had moved to Concordia, KS and Ken returned there after discharge.

On August 31, 1952 he married Lucille Jensen and they lived in Concordia until moving to Smith Center in 1961.  He retired at Smith County Memorial hospital as maintenance supervisor in 1990.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Darrell and a newborn son Kurt Scott Herman.

Survivors include his wife Lucy of the home; 2 sons, Jeffery Herman and wife Jeri of Lawrence, KS and Bradley Herman and wife Karen of Boulder, CO; 2 grandsons, Eric Herman and wife Vicky of Olathe, KS and Kevin Herman of Lawrence, KS; step granddaughter Nicole Seltmann of Loveland, CO; 2 step great grandchildren; Brother Larry Herman; sister in law Mary Lee Herman and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday June 27, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center with Pastor Keith Sears officiating. 

There will be no visitation. 

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

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name or donor’s choice and can be sent in care of the mortuary.

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Lloyd F. Pletcher

Lloyd Francis Pletcher was born December 1, 1916.  Lloyd was the sixth of ten children, born to William Frederick and Emma Francis (Barcus) Pletcher, at the family home in Bellaire, Kansas.

Lloyd Passed away June, 22, 2011 at the Golden Living center in Down, Kansas at the age of 94.

Lloyd grew up in a family farming operation.  Lloyd attended Crystal Plains grade school.  Lloyd owned a gas station in Portis, Kansas.

At the age of 25 Lloyd joined the military and was assigned to the General Pattons 1st army, 4th Armed Division, The European Theater of Operation.  Lloyd received 4 battle stars during his military service.  At the end of the war he was sent home as a passenger of the Queen Mary Ship and returned to the family farm in Smith County, Kansas.

In 1947 Lloyd married Dorothy Helen (Crowley).  Lloyd and Dorothy began their married life on his parent’s farm.  They later moved to their own farm, located in Smith County, also known as the “12-Mile-County.”  They raised beef cattle, hogs, corn, wheat, oats and alfalfa.

Lloyd and Dorothy had two children: Helen Francis, born 1949 and Connie Marie, born in 1952. 

Lloyd enjoyed farming, but is it widely known that Lloyd did not enjoy herding and feeding cattle.  Helen and Connie learned at an early age what “hand-on” met as they chased cattle in the family Chevy truck.

In 1964 Lloyd sold the farm and vowed to “never work with cattle again.” The family moved to Arizona.  Lloyd held a variety of jobs during their two years in Arizona.  The last job was as a Foreman for a lettuce farm in Maricopa.  In 1967 Lloyd moved the family to California.  Lloyd enjoyed having the California warm sunny weather that he used to his advantage to grow some of the biggest tomato plants in town.  During this time in California Lloyd watched his daughters graduate from high school, married and move away.  One to Kansas and one to Colorado.

In 1977 Lloyd and Dorothy moved back to Portis, Kansas.  Lloyd continued to enjoy fishing on the North Solomon River and his well known tomato gardens.  Lloyd worked on and repaired every lawn mower in Portis.  He gained quite a reputation of being able to fix anything that was broken.  Lloyd and Dorothy also resumed their membership to the Grace Brethren church.

 In 2004 Lloyd became a resident of the Golden Living Center of Down, Kansas.  He continued to garden at this center, providing the kitchen with fresh vegetables during the summer season.  The nurses at the Center constantly asked Lloyd advice on how to get their gardens in better shape.  The nurses described him as a “character” and a sweet person that they will miss.

Left  to cherish his memory are his two children;

Helen and her husband Tom, Connie and her husband Michael.

Grandchildren; Carey and family, Noah and family.

Great-grandchildren: Hunter, Baily, Taylor, Paige, Brandon and Todd.  On June 22, 2011 the youngest great grand child; David Wilson was born at 4:11am.

Sisters; Ruth (Schlatter) and Roma (Caldwell)

Brothers; Paul and Babe.

Lloyd will be remembered to all of us in different ways.  Lloyd shared with his children that he hopes people will remember him as a Christian, loving father, and grand father.  A proud American, excellent gardener, fisher, magnificent mechanic, but most of all a Christian ready to serve the Lord.

His children are here to day to let him know that he will be remembered as he wished. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center with Pastor Dave Sarver officiating. 

Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the mortuary. 

Burial will follow in the Crystal Plains Cemetery in rural Smith County. 

The family has suggested memorials be given to Solomon Valley Hospice or the Grace Brethren Church in Portis and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

Billy Kirby

SMITH CENTER – Billy Kirby, age 54, passed away on Wednesday at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.

Billy was born to Lewis A Kirby and Glovine (Doughty) Kirby Golemboski on May 6, 1957 in Marysville, MO.

He attended school in Burlington, CO and Goodland, KS. He earned his Associates Degree from Colby Community College in Radio Broadcasting. He was a DJ on many of the stations in Kansas including KQLS (KRDQ) in Colby. Billy had a great radio presence and had many loyal listeners. He had a great love of music and loved to spin records for friends and family. Billy also loved bowling and won several trophies until his muscular dystrophy was too severe to pick up a ball.

 He is preceded in death by his father Lewis Kirby and his uncle Eugene Kirby.

He is survived  by his daughter Chelsea Kirby of Butte, Montana, mother Glovine Golemboski of Colby, two aunts: Rosalie Felzien and Betty Kirby of Burlington, CO, three sisters: Katherine Kirby of Parsons, KS and Alice Russell and Jeanie Sies of Colby, KS with many nieces, nephews and cousins also.

There will be no services as Billy was cremated per his wishes.

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

Dorrie D. Fischer

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 Shockley

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.

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LaVern H. Kuhlmann

ATHOL, KS-   LaVern H. Kuhlmann, son of Henry C. and Emma (Hermanns) Kuhlmann was born November 5, 1924 on the family farm west of Athol, KS.  Lavern passed away on April 6, 2011 at the age of 86. 

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.

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Wayne Roush

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.

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Roger K. Kelley

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.