Joyce Adams Reynolds (1928-2017)

Joyce Adams Reynolds was called to Heaven, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Alamance Regional Medical Center after suffering a fall and subsequent broken leg. In addition, progressive dementia had taken the short term memory from this once sharp, amazingly intelligent woman.

Mrs. Reynolds was born Joyce Adams Dec. 5, 1928 in Danville, Va. to the late John and Nettie Adams. She was the third of four children born of this union. She married Harold “Whitey” Reynolds in Danville July 1, 1950.  They welcomed a son, Mark Anthony, May 10, 1951, and then a daughter, Carol Allison on July 22, 1963. She lived her life in Danville until April 2017 when she and her husband relocated to Brookdale Assisted Living in Burlington, N.C.,  and then just four weeks ago she moved to The Cottages at Blakey Hall in Elon, N.C.


Max Edward Tanton (1931-2017)

Max Edward Tanton, 86, passed away Sept. 23, 2017. He was born May 14, 1931 to John Tanton, Sr. and Roxanna (Curtis), north of Ellsworth. On Sept. 2, 1962, he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Urbanek in Ellsworth. Max was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was employed by the Ellsworth County Highway Department until retirement and then worked as a motor grader operator for Blackwolf Township until his passing. He enjoyed raising cattle, working on his old cars, and helping his neighbors and family.

Max is survived by his wife, Carol; three daughters, Connie Falk (Alan), Jean Soukup, and Susan Dittman (Keith), all of Ellsworth; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his faithful friend, Gracie; and a brother, John Tanton, Jr. (Nancy) of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Dorsey 'Duke' W. Ranker (1924-2017)

Dorsey  'Duke' W. Ranker, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in Lyons, Kan. He was born Nov. 11, 1924 to Gus and Emma Ranker in Ellsworth, Kan. Duke married Della Wachs on Oct. 9, 1950.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Linda Jackson (Jack); sons, Virgil (Connie); Dwayne (Geri) and Eugene; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Milburn; sister, Geneva Macek; brother, Herald “Peck” and five half-brothers.

Duke was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and served as an elder. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise and served as VFW 6th District Commander. He worked for Northern Natural Gas Co. for 33 years before retiring.

Duke will be remembered as a prolific “fix-it” man, repairing knickknacks of all kinds for family members.


Donald F. Nienke

     Donald F. Nienke, 93, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. He was born Aug. 16, 1924 north of Ellsworth to Frank R and Emma W. (Erhardt) Nienke Jr.. He was united in marriage to Betty Hoffman Jan. 25, 1953 in Lincoln County. Donald was a farmer and rancher. He a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Kansas Livestock Association.
     Don is survived by two daughters, Ellen Kempke (Don) of Kanopolis and Patricia Ramsey (Craig) of Moline, Ill.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Klemme, of Sheldon, Iowa.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty, and a son, Tim.
      Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-7 p.m.
     Funeral service is at 10 a.m.  Thursday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.


Donald C. Hokr (1925-2017)

Donald C. Hokr, 91, passed away Sept. 16, 2017 in Hutchinson, Kan. He was born Oct. 15, 1925 in Geneseo, Kan., the son of Charles and Rose (Brashna) Hokr. He married Gladys Marie Kepka Dec. 30, 1947 in Ellsworth, Kan..

He was employed for many years as a salesman in the agriculture industry. Don was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during WWII. Don was a member of the Eastwood Church of Christ, American Legion and the VFW.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gladys; a daughter Denise and a sister, Arlene McKinnies.

Don is survived by a son, Randy Hokr (Bobbie) of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Ryan Hokr of Hutchinson  and Staci Hokr of  Wichita and a sister, Verna Markham of Topeka and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time, Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Parsons Funeral Home.


Rosanna M. Soukup

     Rosanna M. Soukup, 89, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in Ellsworth. She was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Ellsworth County, north of Kanopolis, Kan. to John and Emma Renc Kratky. She married Leo Soukup in 1946. She was employed as a nurse at Ellsworth County Medical Center.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; a daughter, Ruth Ann Wacker, and her parents.
     Survivors include a granddaughter, Tracy Andringa (John) of Summerville, S.C.; two grandsons, Lance Wacker (fiancé Lynn) and Dustin Wacker, both of Kanopolis, a son-in-law, Larry Wacker of Kanopolis; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Lauren Angringa; and two nieces, Patricia Campbell and Joann Foran.
     Graveside funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 18, at Ellsworth Cemetery.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth County Medical Center, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan.  67439
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Viola M. Richards (1929-2017)

Viola M. Richards, 87, passed away Sept. 13, 2017 in Ellsworth.

She was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Ellsworth to Henry and Laura (Haase) Pflughoeft. She married Ermon Richards, Jr. on March 6, 1950.

Vi was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth and past commander of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174 Ladies’ Auxiliary. She worked at the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Home, El Kan, and ran Richards Cleaners for 30 years. She loved to play pinochle with her family, play bingo, and go gambling. She also loved to stitch and crochet.

Vi was preceded in death by her husband, Ermon; infant son, James; sisters, Elva Shute, Irene Orsak, and Verona Reinert; three brothers, Raymond Pflughoeft, Kenneth Pflughoeft, and LeRoy Pflughoeft.

She is survived by her son, Randy (Carla) of Hoisington; granddaughter, Laura; grandsons, Michael (Julie) and Dylan; and great-granddaughter, Myah.


Lethea Ann Nelson

     Lethea Ann Nelson, 61, Kanopolis, passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. She was born Aug. 4, 1956 in Russell, Kan. to Merle and Violet (Corwin) Herring. She was a longtime employee of Cashco, Inc. in Ellsworth for over 25 years.
     Lethea is survived by her husband and partner of over 20 years, Randie Nelson of Kanopolis; daughter, Jenny Curnutt (Dustin) of Kanopolis; daughter, Karen Bock (Jason) of Wichita; grandchildren, Ethan and Landon Curnutt, and Violet and Ava Bock; sister, Linda Herring of McPherson; brother, Lyle Herring (Donna) of Bennington; brother, Bob Herring (Julie) of Ft. Worth, Texas; parents, Merle and Violet Herring of McPherson; sister-in-law, Sherri Saunders of Smolan; and sister-in-law, Terri Barraclough of Lincoln.
     She was preceded in death by her son, Rusty Walker.
     Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 11, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present.


Linda Kay (Zahradnik) Janda

     Linda Kay (Zahradnik) Janda passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at her home in McPherson, Kan., at the age of 69.  She was born Aug. 5, 1948 in Ellsworth, Kan. to the late Charles and Ethel (Steiner) Zahradnik. She grew up in the Kanopolis, Kan. area and graduated from Kanopolis High School with the Class of 1966. She was united in marriage to Ivan K. Janda Sept. 2, 1966, in Wilson, Kan.They were blessed with two sons, Mike and Dustin.
     Linda was a hardworking woman and eventually retired from the Fuller Brush factory in 1998 after more than 20 years of service. She was a huge fan of the Kansas Stater Fair and spent many years taking her children and enjoying all of the events, entertainment, vendors, and exhibitors. She enjoyed garage sales, playing Bingo, and solving crossword puzzles, often working several puzzle books at one time. But the greatest love of her life was her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her little dog, Speck.


Keith Adams (1934-2017)

Keith Adams, 82, passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 in Ellsworth. He was born Nov. 19, 1934 in Nemaha County to Loren and Bethel (Page) Adams.

Living in Ellsworth since 1987 after moving from Oberlin, Keith was a retired school superintendent and teacher. He was also a member of the Ellsworth First United Methodist Church and the Ellsworth Kiwanis Club. He married June Conyers on Aug. 20, 1955 in Detroit, Mich. She preceded him in death in 1998. He married Lu Cottingham Jan. 2, 1999 in Ellsworth. She survives him.

Keith is also survived by his daughter, Brenda Henke of Osborne; son, Jim Adams of Manhattan; daughter, Lisa Matson of Grimes, Iowa; son, John Adams of Wamego; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and brother, Bruce Adams of Ham Lake, Minn. He was preceded in death by his first wife, June; a granddaughter, greatgrandson, and sister, Anita Jean Guffy.


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