Obituaries

Wed
30
Sep

Pastor Duane B. Johnson

(1940-2015)

Pastor Duane B. Johnson, 75, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Ellsworth. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne (Booth) Johnson of the home. Funeral was Monday, Sept. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Wilson, with internment in Wilson City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at fostermortuary.com This appeared Oct. 1, 2015, in the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter.

Wed
30
Sep

Louis R. Vopat

(1938-2015)

Tue
29
Sep

Eugene 'Gene' Michael Garrett

     Eugene “Gene” Michael Garrett, 80, of Medicine Lodge, Kan. died Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at his residence.
     He was born Nov. 19, 1934 in Dorrance, Kan., the son of Parvin A. Garrett and Mary S. (Driscoll) Garrett.  He married Lillian (Wanek) Garrett Jan. 30, 1957, in Ellsworth. She survives.
     Gene was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medicine Lodge. He was a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was the original founder of the Knights of Columbus in Medicine Lodge. Gene was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Jaycees. He worked at Western Power Light as a lineman in Ellsworth, and worked at the Central Electric Substation when he moved to Medicine Lodge. Gene ran the VIP Supper Club in Alva, Okla. from 1988-2000.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59.
     Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven Garrett.

Tue
29
Sep

Pastor Duane B. Johnson

     Pastor Duane B. Johnson, 75, passed  away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Ellsworth. He married Jeanne (Booth) Johnson Nov. 11, 1961 in Lomax, Ill. She survives.
     Other survivors include two sons, Randall Johnson, Wilson, and Andrew (Kristina) Johnson, Delia, Kan.; and daughter, Wendy (Pastor Brett) Denham, Wilson.
     Duane served as a pastor for over 50 years at several churches. Most recently he taught the Bible at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
Funeral was Monday, Sept. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Wilson, with internment in Wilson City Cemetery
     Condolences may be sent to fostermortuary.com

Mon
28
Sep

MARQUETTE TRIBUNE - Ruby Johnson

Ruby Johnson, 70, of McPherson, Kan. passed away at 3:50 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 surrounded by her family, at her home.
    

Sat
26
Sep

Louis R. Vopat

  Louis R. Vopat, 76, passed away Sept. 25, 2015. He was born Oct. 24, 1938 in rural Kanopolis to Rosa A. (Stepanek) and Arthur F. Vopat.
Louis married Marsha L. Zvolanek in Santa Fe, N.M. on Dec. 28, 1959. He was a farmer and stockman, ran H&R Block in Ellsworth with his wife, Marsha, and was also a jack-of-all trades working many different jobs throughout the years. He was a former FFA member and NFO member and officer.
Louis is survived by his son, Valan Vopat (Beverly) of Ellsworth; son, Vawn Vopat (Linda) of Lyons; sister, Ruth Hulse (Robert) of Ellsworth; sister-in-law, Pat Zvolanek of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Leigh (Kyle) Nemechek, Kimbre Vopat, and Sheldon Louis Vopat; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marsha; and brother-in-law, Ronnie Zvolanek.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Sat
26
Sep

Ruth Marie Root

Ruth Marie Root, 99, passed away, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in Ellsworth, Kan. 

Fri
25
Sep

John Melvin Snook

     John Melvin Snook, 81, of Bartlesville, Okla., died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at The Journey Home Hospice  in Bartlesville following a strong fight against renal failure and other ailments. His family was at his side where they had been during the last several weeks of his earthly walk.
     John was born March 27, 1934 at Christ’s Hospital in Topeka, Kan. to Edward and Elizabeth Snook. His father was a Methodist pastor and times were never easy in their small pastorates. In time, John was joined by his brother, Ray, followed by two sisters, Miriam and Priscilla. Their father then moved to the Pilgrim Holiness Church and pastorates followed in Kansas, Colorado and finally Oklahoma.

Wed
23
Sep

Arthur "Art" Kohls

Arthur “Art” Kohls, 87, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at his home in Ellsworth.

He was born June 3, 1928 in Ellsworth County to Helen (Schmoekel) and Ed Kohls.

Art was a passionate farmer, and had been an auto mechanic at Erhardt Motors, a railroad agent for Frisco Railroad, and worked for Vulcan Chemical. He also served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Art married Kathryn Lou Barnett Nov. 20, 1954, in rural Clearwater. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the VFW Post 6485, both of Ellsworth.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Kohls; sister-in-law, Carol Kohls; and brother-in-law, Joe Whalen.

Thu
10
Sep

Harvey A. Woodmansee

(1920-2015)

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